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Whale Watching Adventures in Australia

About three hours from the city of Brisbane is the small city of Hervey Bay, which is the gateway to an area called Fraser Island, and is famous now world wide as the whale watching capital of the world.
Taking a trip to Hervey Bay, particularly during the migration of the Humpbacks, equivalent in size to about eleven elephants, and the fifth largest of all the whales, is the most incredible experience you will ever have.

Can you just imagine being on board ship when these huge mammals leap clear of the water, displaying for your their immense bulk and 45 odd feet of sheer power.
The humpback whale, long known for its distinctive whale song, weighs in at about 45 tons, and has pectoral fins that are about 30 feet.
Yet they can completely clear the water and display themselves magnificently.
There are times they will approach the boats of the whale watchers and simply stare at the humans, seeming remarkably gentle and curious.
The Humpback whales migrate between Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef, where they settle in to take mates and to breed.
During the journey back, they will enter the Bay at Hervey, where they rest and feed, spending usually 4 or 5 days there, to feed their new infants, safe haven from the pack attacks of sharks and killer whales before they begin the awesome 5000 mile trip back to the southern grounds.
They migrate away from the cold waters that supply them with their primary food source, krill, because it is necessary for the humpbacks to have their babies in warm water, as they are born without the protective layer of fat that the adults have.

At one time, Australia was among the most prolific of whaling nations, but now, however they are the most prolific nation of whale watchers in the world.
Your whale watching adventure in Hervey Bay will be unlike any other.
The waters here are protected by Fraser Island, which is the largest sand island anywhere in the world, and offers you sunny days with a temperature of about 70 Fahrenheit daily.

The area is filled with experienced crews waiting to take you out and tell you all about what you’re watching and how they life.

They will offer up small tidbits of information such as ” Humpback whales do not feed while on  their five month long migration, but when they do they consume up to 1,500 kg of krill each day”. They might also tell you that the whales sing without any vocal cords and that a record of their whale song is now well on its way on a journey of a billion years aboard the  Voyager II.

They might also tell you that many people hearing them for the first time, are moved to tears by the songs.

The experience of whale watching is like no other in the world, and will leave you awestruck at the beauty and gentility of these amazing creatures, coming back again and again.

While you are in Australia, take advantage of the chance to see many other wildlife species, as well as to try out your hand at diving, snorkeling or beach combing, among the many other outdoor occupations you might have while visiting the whales.

Among the other wildlife that will show themselves for you while you’re on your whale boat are   Blue whales, Bottlenose dolphins, Southern Right whales and Minke whales, all of which have been sighted in the waters off Australia.


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