Whale of a day for special kids

A GROUP of special children and their carers witnessed an amazing encounter with a humpback whale on board Rockfish Cruises off Yamba this week that will be etched in their memories forever.

For more than four minutes the juvenile male delighted the passengers with breaches, tail waves and gliding alongside the catamaran, at times within two metres of the vessel.

Rockfish owner Di Jones said she believed very special people helped create magical encounters.

“I believe because they were special people, special things like that happen,” she said.

“When we do have a good experience its special people that make it happen.”

“It just made their day; one of the ladies was saying ‘yeah baby’.”

“They were just beside themselves.”

“It was just a lovely thing to happen for these people.”

Mrs Jones said every time they go out in whale migration season they see whales, but each encounter is dependent on the personality of the whale.

“It was probably the best day we have had this season.”

“We were just sitting in the water and this one whale breached five times.”

“He wanted to jump in the boat with us, it was just lovely.”

She said the music they play on the boat attracts the whales, particularly the males.

“We have had that heaps of times over the years but it is not consistent, you have just got to find the right whale that wants to play with the boat.”

“We see whales every single time we go out in season.”

Rockfish has been operating whale watching cruises based out of Yamba for four years.

To find out more visit www.rockfish.com.au.

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