It’s a whale of a time

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Claudia Alp claudia.alp@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

THERE she blows – win­ter whales have ar­rived once again in the Whit­sun­days.

Pas­sen­gers and crew of the Cruise Whit­sun­days Great Bar­rier Reef ves­sel, SeaF­light, spot­ted the first whale of the sea­son yes­ter­day.

Cruise Whit­sun­days skip­per Mark Ed­wards con­firmed the whale was sighted 8km north­east of Hook Pas­sage.

This sight­ing marks the begin­ning of whale sea­son in the Whit­sun­days which usu­ally oc­curs be­tween June and Au­gust each year.

For three months the shel­tered wa­ters of the Whit­sun­days of­fer safe refuge to thou­sands of mi­grat­ing hump­back and pilot whales.

The warm tem­per­a­tures through­out win­ter and tran­quil wa­ters­make for a per­fect lo­ca­tion to rest be­fore head­ing fur­ther north to give birth.

Mr Ed­wards pointed out that the sight­ing co­in­cides with a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion in the his­tory of the Whit­sun­days.

“To­day, June 4, also marks the 248th an­niver­sary of Lieu­tenant James Cook trav­el­ling through and nam­ing Whit­sun­day Pas­sage,” he said.

Have you spot­ted a whale yet? Send your pho­tos to ed­i­tor@whit­sun­day­times. com.au.

PHOTO: CRUISE WHIT­SUN­DAYS

WEL­COME BACK: First whales of the sea­son spot­ted off Hook Pas­sage on Mon­day.

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