I am a PADA professional diver and am committed to Project AWARE which is about conservation of the sea and the abundant life living there in.
Here is my down side first; Our tour guide was most certainly passsionate about about the beauty and majesty of these mamals. However what really upset me was seeing the mass of boats crowding these magnificient animals. She also pointed out the scares on the backs of the humpbacks casused by propellers.......no wonder the amount of boats we saw.
The viewing and boats are unlicensed and a free for all.
When we were in Brisbane (for example); There are only two boats allowed to take tourists out and both of these are fitted with marine jet engines (no propellers).
It is also a rule that we stayed 50 m from the animals - and only if they persistently came to us did we allow the interaction.
That said; it was a marvellour experience to see a mother and a calf with its companion.
If you havent seen whales then do it they are truly magnificent.
One thing that our guide - who was not a marine bilogist - she skipped out of university to work here, was, DONT BUY KRILL OIL TABLETS.
Its been shown that this is devastating the food that these Mamals eat.
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