First whales of the season arrive on the Gold Coast

THE first whales of the official whale-watching season have arrived on the Gold Coast – and they’re right on schedule!

Whale watchers aboard Sea World’s Spirit of Migaloo were first to spot one of the giant mammals on Saturday.

The juvenile humpback put on a spectacular show for those who were lucky enough to witness it.


Thirty-thousand humpbacks are expected to pass the Gold Coast on their annual migration this year.

The giant mammals are headed for their winter breeding grounds in the warmer tropical waters off far north Queensland.

Once there, they’ll calve and mate before heading back south in spring, completing a 5000km journey up and down the coast.

Sea World’s Whale Watching Tour Guide, Tacha Mulligan said this year’s season is expected to be the best yet, with the ‘humpback highway’ expected to be busier than ever before.

“We were fortunate enough to be treated to a majestic display by a juvenile humpback on our first tour and the whale certainly kept all guests on-board entertained,” she said.

“With large whale numbers passing the Gold Coast this season, there is potential for a memorable encounter with these majestic mammals on every tour.”

The Gold Coast’s official whale watching season runs from June to November.

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