Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

29 Years of Finned Pals; Whale Tours Reach New Depths

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

29 Years of Finned Pals; Whale Tours Reach New Depths

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Byline: Annie Perets annie.perets@apn.com.au

HEADING out into open waters to lead her very first whale watch tour on September 1 in 1987 is a day Jill Perry will never forgot.

"I was on the boat and my husband Brian was out on a plane; we didn't even know if the whales would be there," she said.

"He then threw some toilet paper down so we knew what direction to take.

"There were 32 passengers on the boat, and three whales had swum under us."

With limited prior exposure to whales, majority of information they did know was from educational resources.

"That first day sticks in my mind as one of the best we've had, as I had no idea what a whale looked like or how big they were," Mrs Perry said.

Mr and Mrs Perry's passion for the sea giants quickly blossomed as they helped establish Hervey Bay as the whale watching capital of the world.

Yesterday marked exactly 29 years since Hervey Bay Whale Watch took off.

The founders are now heading into their 30th season. …

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