Whales moving in for winter
IT’S official – the first humpback whales of the 2015 season are here with at least one confirmed sighting as early as Saturday, May 23.
Derwent Hunter skipper Simon Ward said he was halfway across the Whitsunday Passage when a whale surfaced about 20m off the starboard bow.
“All of the crew saw it and about half the passengers – they were pretty stoked and so was I to be honest,” he said.
Mr Ward has been a Whitsunday skipper for about 16 years and was formerly involved in humpback whale research in Hervey Bay.
“So I learnt how to spot a humpback,” he laughed.
In his experience he believes the numbers of migrating whales are increasing.
“And I think the season’s going for longer,” he said.
Boaties are reminded to keep at least 100m away from whales in the marine park and 300m from whales in the Whitsunday Whale Protection Area.
Sightings can be reported to email@example.com.