Flip­pered friends make a big splash

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

NEAR to­tal glass-out con­di­tions on the wa­ter early in the week pro­vided the per­fect con­di­tions for boaties, an­glers and reef trip­pers to spot a mul­ti­tude of flip­pered friends in the Whit­sun­days.

One of the many ves­sels to re­port hump­back whale sight­ings was the Reef Star ves­sel en route to the Heart Pon­toon at Hardy Reef.

Bry­ony Ven­ter from Reef Sa­fari Div­ing and Pho­tog­ra­phy said pas­sen­gers and crew were blown away by the com­bi­na­tion of mir­rored wa­ter and whale and dol­phin sight­ings.

“Whales have been spot­ted on the jour­ney to and from Cruise Whit­sun­days’ Heart Pon­toon since Mon­day this week,” she said. “Staff and guests have all been in awe at the amaz­ing con­di­tions out there this week.

“It re­ally is the best time to get out and en­joy what we have around us.

“Yes­ter­day (Tues­day) we had dol­phins chasing the boat and whales play­ing in the calm, crys­tal waters.”

Ms Ven­ter said whales would be a daily sight­ing from now un­til Sep­tem­ber and al­though the com­pany could not guar­an­tee pas­sen­gers a sight­ing, you would have to be un­lucky to not have a close en­counter with one of Aus­tralia’s favourite marine mam­mals in the Whit­sun­days.

Late last week, Whit­sun­day Paradise Ex­plored posted to Face­book an amaz­ing video of whales frol­ick­ing and Prov­i­dence Sail­ing also de­tailed good sight­ings through its so­cial me­dia chan­nels.

PHOTO: REEF SA­FARI PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

WHALE WATCH: Pas­sen­gers and crew of Reef Sa­fari spot­ted a num­ber of hump­back whales en route to the Heart Pon­toon on Mon­day.

PHOTO: REEF SA­FARI PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Vis­i­tors to the reef have been in awe of glass-out con­di­tions this week.

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