UP TO 8000 whales are expected to make a splash through Fraser Coast waters this season, with tourism operators looking forward to a bumper season.
Now in their 29th season watching whales in Hervey Bay, the region's most experienced operators Brian and Jill Perry say numbers this year are looking better than ever - for visitors of the marine variety, as well as those who come to see them.
In their first season of operation way back in 1987 the Perrys only viewed about 400 whales.
This year about a third of the 20,000 whales that migrate up the east coast are expected to stop and frolic in Hervey Bay.
Brian and Jill expect their boat, Quick Cat II, to come across about six to eight thousand whales by the end of the season.
"When there are more than 200 whales in the bay at one time we call it whale soup," Ms Perry said.
"We're seeing more whales and more visitors than ever before."
This year, pre-bookings for whale watches are strong in the European and German markets, but the Perrys want to promote the amazing backyard to locals.
Quick Cat II will be the first whale watching boat to guarantee a whale sighting when they leave the harbour for the 2015 season on July 4.