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Good swimming, not whale watching

SWIMMERS may be enjoying the ripples in the usually calm bay and kite boarders may be in their element but this week's windy weather has forced the cancellation of whale watching tours.

And with just over two weeks to go before customer numbers start dwindling there is no doubt it is poor timing.

But one would never guess that from the positive attitude of local operators.

Hervey Bay Whale Watch owner Brian Perry said it was all part of the game.

He said a few days of rough weather were always factored into the season.

Tours were cancelled yesterday and on Tuesday as well as over a couple of days in September.

But operators say they can make up for it by putting on an extra service when winds die down, as is expected today.

To stop some businesses trying to cash in on the wild conditions when other boats stay in their docks the Bay has an unwritten rule: once there is a strong wind warning from the north all boats call it a day.

It is a shame customers' stomachs are not made of steel because, Mr Perry says, some of the best whale watching happens during choppy seas, with whales playing up and breaching a lot.

He said despite the Bay not experiencing big ocean swells and windy weather not being unsafe for larger vessels, operators wanted to ensure customers had a good time.

Spirit of Hervey Bay manager Bobbie Hayter believes rough seas can be both unpleasant and dangerous. She said most customers understood when cancellations were made and rebooked for the next day.

Those who miss out because of tight schedules promise they will be back, she said.

Winds reached about 40 knots on Tuesday night, lowering to about 25 knots yesterday. They are forecast to be around 15 knots south-west to south today.

Read more about the latest weather information for the Fraser Coast.



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