Gold Coast Whale Watching

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whales tale

The boat gently rocked back and fourth on the deep blue open waters in search of the majestic humpback whale that passes through these waters every year between June and November. We were about 6 nautical miles out when we saw our first sightings of these amazing creatures. The whale lifted its pectorial fin and slapped it against the surface of the ocean, everybody gasped in awe as you heard  all the other passengers let out an   aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh.

The pod consisted of 2 whales, the mother and her baby calf. The whales migrate every year from Antartica and travel all the way to the warm waters of Northern Queensland. If the whales did not migrate they would die in freezing conditions of Antarticas winter. The legal distance the boat can get to the whales is 100 metres but these whales were an inquisitive bunch and came much closer, swimming around and near the boat.

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The whales played for about an hour before swimming off. At one stage the whale lifted it huge tail up in the air before powerfully slapping it down on the water, so up to this stage we had seen a pectorial fin slap and a tail slap now we only needed to see a whale breach.

After cruising around a little bit more it was time to head back to the Gold Coast, I was already impressed with the trip having seen 6 whales but the biggest and the best thing was still to come as we were approaching the city only a few miles out we came across another pod and what came next will be something I'll always remember for the rest of my life, it left me speechless after I saw the massive whale jumping out of the air only about 50 metres from the boat  leaving an enormous splash but the whale did not stop there as it did it one more time before racing away. I had seen a whale breech not once but twice.


glennisnz says:
How wonderful, to see a whale breach twice and closely too.
Posted on: Aug 30, 2008
cmgervais says:
what a great day!
Posted on: Aug 28, 2008
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