Whales attract a crowd as they head north for mating season

Stranded whales on on Bookar Island, on the western side of Fraser Island.
Stranded whales on on Bookar Island, on the western side of Fraser Island. NPRSR

THE surviving orcas from a pod which got into strife in the Great Sandy Strait have made it into the open bay, north of Pelican Bank.

They are now in the Whale Management Area of Hervey Bay, still heading north after vessels stayed well back to give the animals space to move.

Peter Wright, of the Queensland Parks and Wild-life Service, said a rangers' boat had approached to confirm the killer whales were in good health.

Rangers stayed in the area until dark.

"We are grateful for the co-operation of skippers of tour boats and other vessels, in staying back more than the required 300m distance," he said.

Two killer whales died on Bookar Island last week and five others were left stranded at Sheridan Flats on a sandbank.

A third dead killer whale was found in the strait on Friday night.

Killer whale sightings anywhere in Australian waters can be reported to the Australian Orca Database at

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