Quest to find our Captain Jack
WHILE Captain Jack Sparrow may be on the hunt for Poseidon's trident, for the Whitsunday Times, the goal has been tracking his alter-ego, better known as Johnny Depp.
When we first learned of the marine exclusion zones (pictured), it seemed a very long lens on a boat might be our only hope.
But the tenacious editorial team soon came up with the idea of an air attack, made possible by the finding that exclusions didn't yet apply to the skies.
On Saturday morning, Whitsunday Times editor Sharon Smallwood and general manager Greg France hopped into a helicopter ably piloted by Helibiz owner Des Davey, who flew them to the centre of the action on Whitehaven Beach.
Despite the strong wind, it was a sunny day and the exercise proved worthwhile, with Depp, his co-stars and even what looked to be a confusing body double for Captain Jack all thrown into the mix.
Over at Katie Cove on Haslewood Island, there were no cameras rolling yet but the makings of a set were all there, with stand-in palm trees already in place.