It’s a whale of a time
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.
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WELCOME BACK: First whales of the season spotted off Hook Passage on Monday.