Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I have been asked a few times about our local whale watching – I have some pictures for you.
Every year the humpback whales come to rest and play in the calm relatively shallow, warm blue waters of Hervey Bay - they bring their calves as well and can be seen easily on whale watching tours. They are in the Bay from June to November each year and each year there are more – or they seem to be more as they lose their fear of man.
They are very inquisitive and often come right up to the boats. They are huge and make us realize just how insignificant we are., Yet despite their size I have never heard of an accident with a whale overturning a boat - though occasionally whales get hit by boats.
I took these photos in 1987 –on a whale watch trip –
Yes the whales are real – and the photos aren’t post cards – they were taken with a normal camera by me - no telephoto lens – just “happy snaps” and the whales truly do come this close.