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Moreton Bay Whale Season 2018
Welcome to the Whales festival this Sunday
Each year, magnificent southern humpback whales pass right by us as they make their way through clear blue waters of Moreton Bay, migrating from Antarctica and back.
Intelligent and naturally curious mammals, the whales greet watchers with playful behaviour that will both delight and surprise you. If you’re in the right spot you’ll be treated to awesome displays as the gentle giants breach, blow and frolic right on our doorstep.
To get you in the right spot, we have a competition to win a day's whale watching for four, but before we get to that, there are some important additions to this year's season that you should know about.
Moreton Bay's 2018 whale season runs from June until November. To kick it off, Brisbane Whale Watching and local tourism body MBRIT are hosting a ‘Welcome to the Whales’ festival.
To be held this Sunday May 27 from 3pm till 8pm, the whole community is invited down to Scarborough Beach Park to help welcome the first whales of the season.
The event is a free, family-friendly celebration and will include an Indigenous welcome, a ‘Whale Wishes’ ceremony, stage entertainment, beach fire pits, sand sculptures, food trucks and even an aquatic themed movie-in-the-park, Finding Nemo.
The afternoon will also host the first ever Coastal Protection Core Science Festival, an intriguing celebration of science, offering free activities and workshops. Founder Mathew Davis wants to inspire local youth to get involved with protecting our environment in a fun and unique way.
"There’s stacks of cool and interactive experiences that will be on display, including touch tanks, 2D moulds of coral and VR 3D experience, a headset that offers a unique 360 panoramic view providing a realistic glimpse into the life of a Marine Scientist, through their eyes,” Mr Davis said.
For Captain Kerry Lopez of Brisbane Whale Watching, the Whale Wishes ceremony will be a highlight.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that the whole community can come down and welcome these majestic mammals alongside us, it’s going to be a really special afternoon,” said Captain Kerry.
“I’m particularly excited about the Whales Wishes component of the event where guests can place a tealight around the base of the whale sculpture. This is an act that sends welcoming wishes to the whales that will soon call Moreton Bay home.”
But, as all the fun and festivity of the local season gears up, Queenslanders have been asked to keep a sharp lookout for these precious creatures while out on the water between now and early December.
With the first of the giant mammals already migrating north to the Great Barrier Reef to have calves and find mates - boaties, fishers and jetskiers have been warned to keep their distance and observe the rules to avoid great personal injury and fines.
A fully-grown humpback can weigh 40 tonnes. They regularly slap their 5-metre fins or enormous tails and breach right out of the water. Last August, a group of fishers suffered injuries when a whale breached directly under their boat during the season.
Jetskiers are not allowed within 300 metres of whales or dolphins. Breaking this rule - besides serious risk to yourself and the mammal - carries a $630 fine. Other vessels can approach to 100 metres, unless there are already three boats at that limit, in which case skippers will need to stay 300 metres away. Boats cannot travel at more than six knots or create a wake within this 300 metre caution zone.
The best and safest way (for all involved) to see whales up close is with whale watching trip like the professional service Brisbane Whale Watching offers.
Brisbane Whale Watching’s season officially commences Saturday June 2 and departs seven days a week (weather permitting) through until November, leaving from the Redcliffe Jetty. For more information and bookings visit www.brisbanewhalewatching.com.au or try your luck in our whale watching comp...
Pictured: A pod of the whales and BWW's Eye Spy vessel in Moreton Bay last year.
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In conjunction with Brisbane Whale Watching we have whale watching Family Pass valued at $460 to give away. The prize entitles two adults and two children (4 to 14 years) to an incredible day with Queensland's most experienced service, aboard the Eye Spy with Captain Kerry Lopez and crew.
The prize includes the full day whale watching cruise and buffet lunch. Whale sightings are guaranteed. The cruise commences boarding at 9.00am for a 10.00am departure from the Redcliffe Jetty.
To enter simply email
with “Whale Watching Comp” in the subject line and tell us which months the whales come through Moreton Bay (you won't have to google this one).
Entries close Thursday June 21, 2018.
Please Note: The prize is for mid-week travel only and must be used before Friday 2nd October 2018.
All regular family pass inclusions and disclaimers apply.
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