Rainbow Beach was the place to be for whale sightings on Thursday. A baby whale is pictured jumping for joy at about 2.30pm, headed south toward Double Island Pt.
Rainbow Beach was the place to be for whale sightings on Thursday. A baby whale is pictured jumping for joy at about 2.30pm, headed south toward Double Island Pt. Craig Warhurst

Humpbacks put on beach show

HOLIDAY-makers at Rainbow Beach had an added bonus yesterday when three whales put on a display within 150m of the main beach area.

The whales were swimming inside the shark nets and putting on a display of their acrobatic skills for onlookers.

Two whales - a mother and her calf - were seen inside the nets in the morning, joined later by a third whale, all three swimming close to shore.

Newlyweds, Julie Silick and Hugh Stewart, got an even closer look at the whales than those on shore.

The couple were in their sea kayak when the whales appeared. They were able to see clearly to ocean's bottom and observe the baby whale suckling from its mother as they swam past.

"The baby was a bit longer than the sea kayak but the mother was huge," Julie said.

Julie, an adventurer who has swum in a cage with great white sharks; done sky diving and a host of other adrenalin pulsing activities, described the interaction with the whales as better than any of her previous experiences.

The whale watching continued into the afternoon with the three humpbacks leaving about 2.30pm.

Those watching saw the whales leaping clear of the water and twisting as they headed off on their migration again.