There are countless amazing sea creatures to be found in the southern great barrier reef but the enormous and majestic whale is a clear favourite for many locals and visitors alike. While the waters off Western Australia host orcas and South Australia is known for its southern right whales, here in the Bundaberg Region, we share the Great Barrier Reef with humpback and dwarf minke whales.
These giants of the ocean can grow to over 18m long and weigh over 36 metric tons (but they’re not nearly as large as their cousins, the blue whales). They engage in a lengthy migration each year that takes them northward from the Antarctic to our subtropical waters to mate and have their calves from May to November.
Swimming with Dwarf Minke Whales
Considerably smaller than humpbacks, dwarf minke whales can grow up to 8 metres long. They were only discovered in the early 80s and to date, Queensland is the only place on Earth where people can interact with them directly. Each year, there is a narrow window of opportunity between June and July in which you can swim with these playful creatures and while underwater, you may even hear them sing!
If you’re interested in seeing these marvellous creatures in person, you’re in luck. While you’re in the region, Lady Musgrave Experience Bundaberg Reef Tours and Bundaberg Whale Watching can take you to the waters where they live and play.
If you’d like to arrange a tour while you’re staying with us at Moore Park Beach Motel, don’t hesitate to ask and we’ll do our best to assist!