WOW MOMENT: Whitsunday Jetski Tours’ Friday extreme tour to Daydream Island was one to go down in history. Photo: Broden Warne
WOW MOMENT: Whitsunday Jetski Tours’ Friday extreme tour to Daydream Island was one to go down in history. Photo: Broden Warne

Surprise visitor made for whale of a time

A DAY of jet skiing on the Whitsunday waters is always one to remember but Friday was something else for guests on the Whitsunday Jetski Tours Daydream Extreme tour.

In an epic show and a once-in-a-lifetime sight, a female humpback whale surprised the jetski tour group with a spectacular display as she breached out of the water in front of them.

When approaching the passage, tour guide Darren Sheil shut down the jetskis and stopped a safe distance away to watch the whales before they disappeared.

However the mother humpback decided she wasn't done yet and jumped out of the water right in front of the group.

"Although it all happened so quickly and took us by surprise when it breached close to our jetskis, it was just such an amazing, magical sight," Mr Sheil said.

Meanwhile, there's talk of whether a white whale spotted near Surfers Paradise on Tuesday morning is the famous Migaloo or even its son.

Whitsunday locals and tourism operators are coming forward saying it was 'Chalkie', the white whale calf photographed by Wayne Fewings four years ago at Shute Harbour.

The calf was then named in the region through a competition run by Whitsunday Escape.

"When I had a look at the photo of Chalkie taken here at Shute Harbour in 2011, the black dot on the tail is bang on identical with a black dot I saw on the white whale in a Seven News video," reservations manager Alita DeBrincat said.

"It's a birthmark so same spot, same area, same size."

Time will tell as the white whale makes its way up the coast.


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