Whales a ‘wonder’
EXPERIENCING whales in the wild is truly a wonder that needs to be seen to be believed.
Father and son team Glen and Tim Doreian of Whale Watching Whitsundays are here to give you an awe-inspiring time on the water.
With their rigid inflatable boat getting you close to the action and a custom-made hydrophone letting you hear the beauty of the whales' song, they get you as close as you can be without getting wet.
"It's just amazing," Glen said.
"You're watching the bulls' display and you're hearing them underwater singing to the females.
"You're really up close and personal with the whales because you can touch the water over the side of the boat."
"We're using the same hydrophone they used in the movie Into The Blue with Paul Walker," Tim added.
"It's cutting edge stuff."
Speaking of cutting edge, you could even be on the forefront of science simply by taking a tour, with the company helping Southern Cross University study humpbacks.
"We've been seeing some undocumented whale behaviour as part of this study," Glen said.
"We had a marine biologist with us last week and we think we saw the whales actually feeding here.
"It was thought they didn't feed from the time they left the Antarctic to when they want back."
Passengers can fill in an observation form and submit their photos to SCU online, with software able to identify a whale simply by the shape of its fluke.
Glen said theirs was the ultimate interactive tour, with a true connection between man and mammal.
"The whales are really curious and they do what's called spy-hopping," he said.
"They come up, bob and they turn 360 degrees and come look at us.
"The whales go human observing and we go whale observing."
To help you catch all the action, no matter which way you're looking, their 4K 360-degree camera will bring you high definition highlights of your unforgettable day.
"At the end of the day I'll be editing it into a highlight reel and posting that online so everyone can go back and look at that as well," Tim said.
You might just need it too with around 22,000 whales having made their way north in 2016, up from just 8000 at the same time last year.
Glen said there was no better time to get out on the water and experience the wonder of our whales.
"People are coming up to us and saying 'I've lived her for 20 years and I've never seen a whale'," he said.
"Guess what? Now you can." Bring this article and the advertisement below when you book for a 10% discount.