Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Peter Car­ruthers Peter.Car­ruthers@ news­re­gional­me­

THE whales have well and truly ar­rived in the Whit­sun­days.

Master of the ad­ven­ture sail­ing yacht Sa­mu­rai, Cameron Machar, was on the water last week when he spot­ted a pod of hump­back whales off Hook Is­land.

He said there was a mother and a one-year-old calf who were flanked by two large males.

Guests on board the boat watched as the two males peeled off out wide while the mother and calf en­tered Mau­reen’s Cove.

“They were just chill­ing,” he said.

“(The pas­sen­gers) were pretty ex­cited to see them.”

Mr Machar said hump­back whales usu­ally swam wide of the Whit­sun­day is­lands on their north­ern jour­ney from the South­ern Ocean but pre­ferred an is­land route on their south­ern mi­gra­tion.

On hear­ing Migaloo, the white whale, was on the way north from the Gold Coast, Mr Machar said he would be keep­ing his eyes peeled for a crea­ture which has en­joyed a celebrity-like sta­tus.

Gold Coast res­i­dents were dis­ap­pointed to learn the white whale swam past Surfers Paradise at 4am on Tues­day af­ter be­ing spot­ted pass­ing Cape By­ron at 6pm on Mon­day night.

Trav­el­ling at 7km/h Migaloo should ar­rive in Whit­sun­day wa­ters in about six days af­ter his Gold Coast visit.

If he main­tains this pace he should be in Whit­sun­day wa­ters on Satur­day or Sun­day.


THERE SHE BLOWS: Whales were spot­ted re­cently in the Whit­sun­days on tour boat Sa­mu­rai.

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