A follower once asked me: “What’s your best/favourite whale watching encounter?”

Of course, I don’t have just ONE. see no evil monkey emoji

I have been blessed to have SO MANY great whale encounters – there’s simply no way I could choose just one. I ended up giving my top 3… with an honourable mention. crying with laughter emoji

A few days after that, a social media course I started in May 2020 set an assignment for the week which involved one post per day for seven days on a particular topic (content pillar).

At the time, I was considering doing whales for my pillar so the question of favourite whale watching encounters seemed quite timely! Plus, it gave me the opportunity for a stroll down a very happy memory lane and to look at old photos… some of which I hadn’t even gotten around to editing yet. (Oops.)

Below are the blog entries I created for my top whale encounters… as at early June 2020. Who knows what may happen this coming whale season! grinning emoji

Edited January 2021: I will have to come back and update this before the 2021 season starts. The 2020 season was AMAZING… and I think I have a new contender for first place! 😱

Top Whale Watching Encounters

mother humpback whale and calf swim close by a boat, a person's head is visible in the image

#1 Mum and newborn calf

An incredibly special and close whale encounter with a mother humpback and her newborn calf.
(Gold Coast, July 2018)

a humpback whale swims close by a boat - a man's head is visible in the bottom of the image

#2 My FIRST encounter with Migaloo

My first encounter with famous albino whale Migaloo... on my birthday! (July 2016)

a whale spyhops out of the water very close to the boat

#3 Held hostage by P!nk-loving whales

Whales love music - these guys told us so! A VERY close encounter with whales off the Tweed Coast. (July 2019)

humpback whale photographed from underwater

#4 My first time swimming with the whales

Swimming with the gentle giants of the sea in Hervey Bay. (August 2019)

white dorsal fin of migaloo the humpback whale

#5 My third encounter with Migaloo

That time Migaloo showed up when no one was expecting to see him! (September 2017)

albino humpback whale slashes its tail out of the water

#6 My second encounter with Migaloo

We knew he was in the area... we weren't expecting him to be the first thing we saw when we hit open water! (July 2017)

superpod of humpback whales

#7 Superpods and heatruns

Ever been in the middle of 13 bus-size animals as they charge through the water, fighting for mating rights? Welcome to a humpback whale superpod!


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