Whales in Funnel Bay
A HUMPBACK whale and her calf were spotted by Ocean Rafting passengers heading out to Hill Inlet and Hook Island on Sunday.
Ocean Rafting boat skipper Tristan Grossman said they saw the mother humpback whale teaching her calf how to breach in Funnel Bay.
“We have been seeing whales on a daily basis cruising through the water and occasionally breaching playfully with each other,” he said.
“This year has definitely been producing some really high numbers of whales since the migration season started in June which is great for tourists and locals.”
He said some of the best sightings had occurred while cruising through the Whitsunday passage and on the outside of Hook Island.
“For many of our passengers this is the first time they have ever seen hump- back whales in their natural habitat and I had some passengers say they could hear them singing to each other while snorkelling,” he said.
Whales visit the Whitsundays every year on their annual migration from Antarctica during the winter months.
Legally, vessels must stay at least 100 metres from whales in the marine park and 300 metres in the Whitsunday Whale Protection Area.
It is also a requirement to stay at least 300 metres away from a whale calf throughout the marine park.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GRMPA) encourages marine park users to report whale sightings by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 4750 0788. Sick, injured, stranded or dead whales can be reported to the Marine Stranding Hotline on 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625).
WHALE SPOTTING: Whales were seen right off Port of Airlie on the weekend with a mother and her young calf delighting onlookers as they breached close to shore.