25 September 2011
The whales are still enjoying the waters of the Whitsundays, even though temperatures are starting to warm up and it's quite comfortable for swimming. Spotted between Grimston Point on the northern cost of Airlie Beach and Double Cone Islands, those two islands you can see from just about everywhere in Airlie Beach, this whale was having a "whale of a time", if you'll excuse the pun. Seen happily frolicking for over an hour, the humpback whale was lying on it's back, slapping it's tail repeatedly, flapping it's fins around as if it was alternating between waving and doing backstroke, and shooting out of the water for frequent series of breaching. With only 2 boats to witness this display, it was a special sight indeed.
You can hire a boat yourself, if you'd like to get out and about on your own schedule for fishing, swimming, snorkelling or whale spotting (just keep outside of the 300m exclusion zone). Visit Whitsunday Boat Hire
for more info.