It's play time on the Coast as giant whales pop in for visit
THE gentle giants of the ocean have turned the waters off the Sunshine Coast into their playground.
Migrating whales on their way north to breed have been caught frolicking just a few nautical miles from shore, providing a jaw-dropping spectacle.
About 20 whales were spotted by Whale One passengers yesterday as they cruised off the coast.
Skipper John Matterson said the pod was a "very relaxed bunch" compared to Saturday's playful group of 15, which made the most of choppy conditions to continually breach and put on a show for the awe-struck spectators.
The squeals of delight from the mainly international tourists on board seemed to entice the 40-tonne creatures back for more, with several approaching the vessel to satisfy their curiosity.
Mr Matterson said the whales had migrated early this year.
"Our mates at Cape Solander have been counting whales from daylight to dark since the middle of May and 600 have gone past within three kilometres of the shoreline.
"There are not necessarily more whales this year, they are just on the move earlier.
"Migration is absolutely in full swing now."