WHALES have been enjoying playtime in local waters recently with many of them raising their heads to say hello to passengers on passing boats.
Humpback whales and other species migrate to the warmer waters of the Whitsundays during breeding season.
The peak time is usually between July and September each year.
Fantasea Adventure Cruising skipper John Dyson said it was clear it was whale season with many of them putting on a show for tourists.
“We are seeing a minimum of about 12 every day but it is hit and miss,” he said.
“You see some pretty spectacular behaviour like breaching and some courting behaviour.”
Mr Dyson said tourists were thrilled if they were lucky enough to see a whale.
“For many people it is a once in a lifetime experience,” he said.
“The tourists are always very excited and emotional.”
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.