Want to swim with the giants of the deep?

A Blue Dolphin Marine Tours whale immerse experience in 2007.
A Blue Dolphin Marine Tours whale immerse experience in 2007. Contributed

TOURISTS may soon be swimming with the giants of the deep, with whale watch pioneers Brian and Jill Perry in talks to provide up close and personal encounters with our marine visitors.

The Hervey Bay Whale Watch owners, who operate Quick Cat II, are in negotiations with the Queensland Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sports and Racing to get permission for passengers swim with the whales.

Mrs Perry said they were hopeful of a good outcome before whale season starts.

"It's not something you can do every day," Mrs Perry said, adding the conditions, needed to be right for a swim with the magnificent creations.

She said it must be a good day, with calm conditions and the safety of the whale and passenger had to come first.

Mrs Perry said they would shut down the boat at 101 metres and allow the whales to approach the passengers.

Mrs Perry said they offered swim with the whales 27 years ago and it was "quite safe".

Robbie Cornelius, manager of tourism at Fraser Coast Opportunities said nothing could be announced yet but talks between the State Government and Hervey Bay whale watch groups were continuing.

"Discussions are going extremely well," he said.

Mr Cornelius said he was quietly confident they could establish a swim with the whale's agreement.

"Ideally we would get an outcome before whale season starts," he said.

Peter Lynch from Hervey Bay's popular Blue Dolphin Marine Tours said he offered a whale immerse experience in 2007 which he said was the first of its type in Hervey Bay.

He the practice of people lying on his boat platform and interacting with whales was then deemed unsuitable by National Parks.

Mr Lynch said he hoped to have the experience available to passengers again, pending government approval, this whale season.

Topics:  fraser coast humpack whale tourism

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