Whale Watching Queensland.
Queensland, in many ways is the whale watching state of Australia. There are a number of location in which to see these magnificent mammals.
Just three and a half hours driving from Brisbane is the city of Hervey Bay, gateway to Fraser Island and now famous as the Whale Watch Capital of the Australia. Other locations include the Whitsundays and Moreton Bay near Brisbane. A trip amongst the Humpback whales (Megaptera Novaeangliae) is indeed an experience of a lifetime. Imagine the fifth largest of the families of whales on this planet , 15 metres long , 45 tonnes in weight (an equivalent of 11 elephants or 600 persons) with pectoral fins of 10 metres, leaping almost clear of the water in an awesome display of power.
Sometimes the humpbacks may approach a vessel with incredible gentleness, just to check us humans out, sometimes staying up to an hour.
Humpback whales migrate between their feeding grounds of Antarctica and the Great Barrier Reef, where they mate and breed.
The reason for this migration is simple: while their food supply (krill) is in Antarctica, Humpback whales must give birth in warm waters, as the calves are born without blubber, the layer of fat that protects them from the icy waters. When feeding, a female whale can produce up to 600 litres of milk a day and the calf gains weight at a rate of 45 to 60 kg per day.
Whale watching is conducted in a number of locations on the Eastern Coast of Australia.
Queensland Whale Watching.
Operators - Hervey Bay
|The Spirit of Hervey Bay|
|Quick Cat II|
Operators - Brisbane/Moreton Bay
|Moreton Whale Watching|
|Tangalooma Whale Watch|
Operators - Gold Coast
|Whales in Paradise|
|Australian Whale Watching|