As the whale watching season commenced earlier than usual, volunteers and staff of the Merimbula Visitor Information Centre were offered a chance to experience the popular tourist outing on two occasions.
The first, conducted over two days on September 12 and 13, saw volunteers and MVIC accommodation members head out to explore the ocean on ‘Broadbill’ operated by Bill Deveril and his son Scott from Mitchies Jetty.
MVIC tourism manager, Reneal Schreiber said: “From the time you spot your first blow you are captivated. At one point Bill cut the engine and we just drifted in awe of the presence of this incredible creature.”
On Thursday, September 19, volunteers from Merimbula, Eden and Bega went out in ‘True Blue’ owned and operated by Simon and Jessica Millar of the Merimbula Marina.
Reneal said: “Like us, members of the public on board were keen to spot their first whale and our anticipation was at an all-time high. With only 20 or so minutes in to the journey we saw a juvenile humpback in our waters. Having watched this creature for a while we were then thrilled to see a magnificent humpback travelling with another.
“As I saw the pair dive I was astounded at the girth of the larger whale and was told that this was probably fully grown. A gorgeous fur seal had played around us too and then we headed a little north to another pod of whales. ”
The experience of both trips was something that would stay with her, Reneal said and encouraged everyone not to miss the opportunity to see the whales during their migration.