Humpback does an early U-turn
THEY normally don't check into Fraser Coast waters until about mid July but it seems at least one humpback whale has decided to take an early holiday out on the bay.
Either that or the keen visitor is a little lost.
Hervey Bay Whale Watch operator Jill Perry said her husband Brian spotted a whale off Fraser Island's Awinya Creek while taking their boat That's Awesome for a ride last week.
Rough conditions made it difficult for the skipper to see how big the humpback was but Mrs Perry said her husband was certain it “was definitely a whale”.
She said the first humpbacks of 2010 had been spotted down the strait on June 11 but that this whale had beaten the record.
“These are usually young whales a little lost on the northern migration,” Mrs Perry said.
“They don't enter the bay in great numbers until the 11-15th July.”
Several Fraser Island tourist operators have reported seeing pods of whales on the other side of Fraser travelling north where they turn around and make their way back to the safe bay.
Hervey Bay's whale watching industry attracts about 80,000 international tourists each year.
More than 1500 extra whales than last year are believed to be taking part in the annual migration.