Fireworks and blessing officially launch 2013 whale season
THE Hervey Bay whale watching season has been launched in spectacular fashion at the Urangan marina - with fireworks and entertainment capping off a special evening.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell was quick to declare the Blessing of the Fleet a success, crediting a day of golden sunshine and warm winter temperatures with an increase in crowds.
"There were thousands of people, at every vantage point, and I think it really signals a good start to August and the Hervey Bay Whale Festival 2013," he said.
Cr O'Connell said the event served as a reminder of how important the whale watching industry was to the Fraser Coast, and how lucky the region was to have such an amazing attraction on its doorstep.
He said it also reminded the community of how important and unique the Fraser Coast's natural environment was and how essential it was that environment remained preserved.
"It brought the whole community - the young and the not so young - and all the visitors together," he said.
Hervey Bay Whale Festival 2013 will continue for the month of August.