Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Frequent Humpback Watch Workout Makes for a Healthy Splash

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Frequent Humpback Watch Workout Makes for a Healthy Splash

Article excerpt

FRASER Coast resident Pam Swain maintains there are hidden health benefits to frequent whale watching in Hervey Bay.

And she should know.

The veteran humpback watcher has been on the whale watch boats so many times in the past 30 years, she says she lost count after the 150th cruise.

"Whales are really attracted to movement so you put your right hand up, you put your left hand up, you charge around the boat and you do it all over again until the whales come for a look and so they stay once they arrive," she said.

"Some people call the encounter a mugging, but I call it a whale watch workout."

Pam and her husband Paul travelled from Derbyshire, in the UK, to Hervey Bay in 1988 at the start of the humpback whale watching revolution in Hervey Bay and emigrated in 1991. "The very first time I went, they used a spotter aircraft to go out and locate the whales and they'd drop toilet rolls back then so the vessels would know where to go. …

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