A BABY whale lunging out of the water with its mouth open has thrilled nature lovers off Queensland's Moreton Island.

A series of video clips shows guests of Tangalooma Island Resort enjoying one of the best whale watching days on the water.

"Little legend,'' one is heard to exclaim as the baby whale emerges out of the water.

"So cute,'' another woman says as the small star puts on a show.

Another clip shows the baby whale being sandwiched between two whales.

"Oh my gosh,'' another woman is heard to say as whales come close to the boat.

This year is the 30th whale watching anniversary for the island resort with an estimated 28,000 whales expected to pass by Moreton Island.

To mark the anniversary, Tangalooma Island Resort is donating $5 for every whale sighted from their whale watching vessel to The Kids Cancer Project.

The resort's strong historical affiliation with the whales dates back to 1950 when it was chosen as the site for the largest land-based whaling station in the southern hemisphere.

In 1980, the land was then purchased by local Brisbane family, The Osborne's who developed the now Tangalooma Island Resort into an environmentally sustainable and conservative tourism destination.

While Hervey Bay claims to have the best whale watching experience in Australia, Tangalooma Island Resort has the closest whale watching experience available to Brisbane residents.

It is a 75 minute ferry ride from the island.

The whale watching season finishes in October.

News Corp Australia


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