Appeared in DIVER September 2012
Sleek whales gather in warm Great Barrier Reef waters each Australian winter. They offer the chance of a unique snorkelling experience, says JUSTIN GILLIGAN, but leave their human companions wondering: who’s watching who?
They may be dwarf minke whales but they can still reach a considerable size
Rob Prettejohn was the first person to record an in-water encounter with a dwarf minke whale
Minke whales interact readily with humans willing to follow the code of practice
Dr Alastair Birtles – determined not to miss any chance of a minke sighting
A third of minke whales recorded by the project are reckoned to be returnees from previous years