Whales put on show offshore at Rainbow Beach

THERE were some pretty big fish being weighed in at the Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic last night, but nothing to compare with the mammoth creatures caught on camera off shore.

Gympie fisherman Dale Coomber and his family were treated to an amazing whale display on Tuesday just eight miles from the Wide Bay Bar.

With the majestic Coloured Sands and Carlo Sandblow as a backdrop, about 10 whales put on a show for the family.

"We could hear them coming and see the water spouts for about a kilometre," Mr Coomber said.

"Three came past us within about 50m.

"The did the whole show rolling over and throwing their tails up."

As well as the whales, Mr Coomber said, there were some friendly dolphins as well.

"We had a large dolphin playing with the anchor for about 10 minutes before we saw the whales. It was pretty amazing," he said.

"It's the first time we've been out over the bar so made the week pretty special for the girls."

The family has been catching some nice fish as well while enjoying the whales' migration north.

"We caught some pearl perch, snapper, sweetlip and moses perch," Mr Coomber said.

"Keely's (his daughter) won a couple of nights at the Rainbow fishing comp so far.

"We have had a good week."

It has been estimated that more than 20,000 whales will pass the Cooloola Coast from now until early November.

They are then expected to make the return trip down the coast.

Gympie Times


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