Lifestyle

Time to whale goodbye to best season ever

"THE best whale-watching season" ever has drawn to a close for at least one operator.

Tangalooma Island Resort, which boasts the largest vessel dedicated to whale-watching in Australia, held the last of its whale viewing voyages at the weekend.

The opportunity to swim with one of the magnificent marine giants is also ending soon with Mooloolaba's Sunreef's trips finishing on October 23.

But the Coast's Whale One hopes to continue taking people out until the end of the month with about 19 whales providing a dazzling display late in the season today.

Owner John Matterson said "plenty of whales" were still around.

"We found nine pods (a group of whales) this morning," Mr Matterson said.

"One pod was about 600 metres from the breakwater at Point Cartwright.

"They are jumping around everywhere."

A whale having fun off Noosa National Park.
A whale having fun off Noosa National Park. Dave Clarke

Mr Matterson said while the plan was to operate tours until October 31, it would be monitored.

"I remember two years ago we had to finish a week early as they got so scarce," he said.

But this year the number of whales around has been unprecedented with both Whale One and Tangalooma reporting their "best season ever".

"I've never seen so many calves, it's just been none stop," Mr Matterson said.

"Any day in the last four weeks you just go up off Point Cartwright and you can see them."

Tangalooma Island Resort, which as Australia's largest vessel dedicated to whale watching, finished its season with a good cause, donating $6000 to kids' cancer research.

Every whale spotted on the 2016 whale watching season saw $5 per whale donated to The Kids' Cancer Project.

The charity holds a special place on the island and patients and families had a chance to join in the last journey for the season at the weekend.

 

Tangalooma Island Resort staff with a cheque for The Kids' Cancer Project
Tangalooma Island Resort staff with a cheque for The Kids' Cancer Project Kathy Sundstrom

The partnership between Tangalooma Island Resort and The Kids' Cancer Project was driven by Resort Manager Brianna Preobrajensky and her own personal experience of her son Oscar's battle with cancer.

"Tangalooma Island Resort has been a proud supporter of The Kids' Cancer Project for several years now, and our contribution to the project for 2016 is another great step towards raising awareness and funds into childhood cancer research," she said.

Topics:  humpback whale point cartwright sun reef tangalooma island resort whale one whale watching



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Solve a murder mystery at Maryborough City Hall

Whodunit - solve a crime at the Maryborough City Hall. Cousins (L) Sam Buchan,9, and Benjamin Badenoch,12, from Hervey Bay become detectives to solve the crime.

The doors have opened at Maryborough City Hall's latest exhibition.

COAST CRIME: Has your suburb been targeted?

Car theft Photo Warren Lynam / Sunshine Coast Daily

Cars and homes have been broken into across the region.

Time to stop animal deaths at pound

Christeen Werner and Worf.

The council should be aiming to get the number to zero.

Local Partners

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

INSIDE STORY: Disused pipeline stops hundreds from building

TRAIL OF TEARS: Route of the disused Santos oil pipeline which is stopping hundreds of Ipswich residents from building.

Santos responds but Tully says easements issue must be addressed

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!