Minke Whales – Species of the Reef


The Minke whales migrate from southern waters off Victoria to the northern areas of the Great Barrier Reef from about June every year. They grow to about 8m (26′) log and adults can weigh about 6 tonnes.
This young Minke whale decided to cruise around one of our dive sites on the outer reef. The curious young fellow was very intrigued with these strange creatures wearing bottles and blowing bubbles constantly. Jonny our intrepid young dive instructor happily snapped these photos as Fred swam around the boat and divers.
More on the Dwarf Minke Project can be found at the CRC Reef Research website.

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Humpback Whale – Species of the Reef


An annual favourite with crew and guests alike, the annual whale migration (June-November), as whales swim north to escape the cold of winter. Whales were the earliest tourists to Cairns and for centuries have known what humans are now just discovering.
The humpback whale’s common name is derived from the humping motion they make when diving below the surface (as seen in the above photo). They have a social networking where they hang out together for a few hours and then move on. They eat a variety of fish and they hunt fish by direct attack or by stunning them by hitting the water with its pectoral fins or flukes.
The humpback whale population has continued to grow at an average of 11% and is steadily returning to pre-hunting days, although these threats still exist even today. Their playful antics and curiosity amuse everyone and have to been seen in real life to get the true appreciation of this species.
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Whale Migration and Turtles Mating


Today our guests were treated to two great events in the marine calendar on the great barrier reef, the whale migration and two turtles mating. The latter event happened just metres from the boat and was a great educational experience for all.
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Whales Surprising Divers


Our divers where shocked as they prepared to descend down the mooring line and two humpback whales surfaced about 20 metres from them. This time I have “borrowed” Cheryl’s camera while she was in the water to take these shots as the whales swam merrily past on their annual migration north.
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