Whale swim company hits out at tow claims
A SUNSHINE Coast whale watching company has hit out at a Fraser Coast company's claims they "tow people behind the boat".
A Sunreef Mooloolaba spokeswoman said the claims made by Hervey Bay Whale Watching operator were incorrect.
"Before swimmers enter the water, the boat is put into neutral 100m or more away from the whale," she said.
"Then if the conditions are determined to be safe by the trained crew, swimmers are allowed to enter the water with guide and a floating safety line (attached to the boat) so guests can hold the line or swim near it.
"Then it's up to the whales, Sunreef's operations are conducted 100% on the whales' own terms."
The spokeswoman said in the two years since Sunreef had operated more than 3000 people had gone on tours with them. "In our experience, the whales seem as intrigued by us as we are by them and often come closer to swimmers," she said.