PASSENGERS and crew aboard the Cruise Whitsundays vessel Seaflight were treated to a close encounter with humpback whales.
PASSENGERS and crew aboard the Cruise Whitsundays vessel Seaflight were treated to a close encounter with humpback whales.

Humpback whales come out to play

PASSENGERS and crew aboard the Cruise Whitsundays vessel Seaflight were treated to a close encounter with humpback whales when a mother and calf chose to visit the boat during its Sunday morning journey to the reef.

Seaflight skipper Jason Miley said the vessel was about six miles off Bait Reef when the whales were first spotted at around 10.10am.

"It was a dead flat calm day and a couple of miles out we could see a whale breaching. It was a little baby whale and mum decided to go for a jump too," he said. "We were about 200 metres away so we stopped and they turned around and came back to say hello."

Miley said passengers were "ecstatic" at the experience, which proved particularly memorable for a group of American tour agents, here on a 'famil'.

"They would have gone home saying this is what you can see here on the Great Barrier Reef," he said.

Whales were also sighted between Daydream and Hayman islands from the Cruise Whitsundays vessel Swordfish later that day.

"We've been seeing them every two or three days at the moment, which is great because it's only the start of the season," Miley said.


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