Whales and dolphins frequent the waters of the Whitsundays, some as full time residents and others as visitors only. Dolphins can be seen all year around on the reefs, while whales migrate during winter only, coming to the Whitsundays to calve and nurse their young. Both are a beautiful sight, with tours getting to see them regularly - just ask your tour guide the best way to spot them!
As one of the most mythical creatures on the planet, swimming with humpback whales is an experience that people are drawn to from all corners of the globe. It’s an encounter that most people can only dream of, so soak up the beauty of nature and keep your eyes peeled.
A light aircraft pilot flying over the coast of Cape Schanck claims to have spotted Migaloo the white whale on the 9th of April. Migaloo is undoubtedly a national treasure and a magnificent sight to see amongst the 40,000 Humpbacks that migrate north annually. What an exciting way to bring in whale season 2021!
Humpback whales require heated waters to breed because their young are born without a layer of protective blubber, and would not survive the freezing Antarctic waters if born there. This is why we witness an abundance of playful Humpbacks journeying to and from the hospitable waters of the Great Barrier Reef!
Hervey Bay Fraser Coast - “Whale Heritage Site”
In October 2019, Hervey Bay became the world's very first Whale Heritage Site. The London-based World Cetacean Alliance endorsed Hervey Bay's status as one of the best whale-watching destinations in the world.
The enviro-warrior whales that are cleaning up carbon emissions. The IMF has recently quantified these ecosystem benefits to be worth a whopping $2 million over a single whale’s lifetime. All up, that’s roughly one trillion dollars of benefit to our planet in combatting climate change. Talk about unpaid labour!
Humpback whales are scientific wonders of the world and have a surprising number of human qualities. They have impeccable memories, social tendencies and cooperative behaviours, but the Humpback's most bewildering behaviour of all is their song. That’s right, whales sing!
The Fraser Coast has long since been known as one of the best places in the world to whale watch and have up-close encounters with these giant mammals. Each year whales migrate along the East Coast of Australia, spending plenty of time along the coastline, where they are enjoyed by people from all over the world. Humpback whales, in particular, leave the Antarctic to make their way to the Great Barrier Reef, stopping on the Fraser Coast to rest before continuing their journey, making it the ultimate whale watching destination!