Cruise providing a whaley good time
THE whales are at play in Sunshine Coast waters and have been treating those aboard the Whale One to a spectacular show.
Whale One owner John Matterson said despite some wild weather preventing them from hitting the water for a few cruises, there had been great whale watching since the start of June.
"Apart from being interrupted by the weather we've been out for some excellent days," he said.
"Last week and this week the peak of them have arrived - on one day we saw 23 whales.
"We had some really good ones on Sunday morning with one whale smiling at us so you could see inside its mouth.
"We've had very happy punters."
Mr Matterson said although quality and not quantity made for a good whale watching experience, he was happy to see so many whales making the trip north.
"We've had 100% success through June, so far we've seen them every day," he said.
"Reports and research from down in Sydney are saying that there are record numbers this year. Unlike the last few years when have been numbers down, numbers are right up this year."
He said several factors could have influenced the boom in whale numbers.
"Not all whales do the full migration but this year more of them seem to be doing it and it could be one of a few reasons such as the current could be favourable and pushing them so they get a free ride."
The Whale One boat was currently spotting the whales between eight and 15km out to sea and Mr Matterson said those wanting to spot some from Coast headlands or beaches would have to wait a little bit longer.
"On the way back during August, September and October they'll be more likely to see them," he said.
"In late August and early September you get them all the way right around the cliffs and start to see them off Point Cartwright, Alex Heads and all the way up the coast."
He said during the return trip mother whales would have their calfs with them which makes for even more special viewing.