We posted a fantastic photo this week to Facebook of one of our lovely guests waving to a whale on our Hervey Bay whale watching tour last year. It seems that there were a lot of people that enjoyed the photo with over 54,000 likes and 5,000 shares so we thought we would let you take a lovely look at the photo. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Peter Lynch was lucky enough to be interviewed by Wildiaries recently. The full interview is below.
From water-skiing ‘fish boy’ to award-winning whale watching guide, the multi-talented skipper of Harvey Bay’s Blue Dolphin, Peter Lynch, has designed a water-borne career to delight any escapist.
His current work conditions consist of stewarding a sleek catamaran through the gin-clear waters of the Great Sandy Strait to watch whales loll about in mid-migration languor.
His 300sqkm office is bounded by a vast blue sky, shimmering stretches of rich estuarine waters and the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. His work colleagues love him; some come to play for hours, hitching a ride on the bow wave or blowing copious amounts of water over the boat as they sidle up to see what’s what.
His clients love him too. Some are still talking about the memorable day stretches of rich estuarine waters and the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. His work colleagues love him; some come to play for hours, hitching a ride on the bow wave or blowing copious amounts of water over the boat as they sidle up to see what’s what.
His clients love him too. Some are still talking about the memorable day a very social Humpback decided to spend some extended quality time with the Blue Dolphin’s amazed visitors.
“Hervey Bay pretty much perfect – it’s a unique stopover or respite off the migration highway, Peter says, “the bay is protected by winds, enjoys better than average weather and has become a beautiful meeting point for humans and whales.
“They are more relaxed and curious in these waters, it’s obviously the whale’s choice to be here.”
Peter views his enviable day job as the natural progression of a decade and a half of intense work with whales and dolphins at Queensland’s famed Sea World.
As a teenager he turned up as a water-skiing acrobat at the huge marine park before securing the job of ‘fish boy’. This involved cleaning up after seals (extremely messy eaters) and sorting huge quantities of tucker straight from the trawlers for Sea World’s star attractions.
After volunteering at the dolphin department, he became the assistant to a trainer and was given his own dolphin to train. Eventually, he became the supervisor for four staff members, two False Killer Whales and six dolphins.
“After 14 years as a trainer, you know they have very distinctive personalities, Peter says.
“Dolphins are like Labradors, you can work with a dolphin because they are easy-going. False Killer Whales are much smarter, they work with you when they want to, as if to say ‘Yes, but what’s in it for me?”
In the mid-80s, Peter and his colleagues developed the ‘Rocket Ride’ with Sea World’s False Killer Whale matriarch Squirt, in which a trainer stands on the nose of the breaching whale and propelled several metres in the air.
“Squirt had her preferences – some days she would indicate ‘Nah, I’m not working with you today’. One time she bent and pushed every gate open and mobbed all the dolphins and false killer whales together. It took hours to sort out.”
In the wild, Hervey Bay’s bottle-nosed dolphins and their seasonal visitors, migrating Humpbacks play well together, Peter has observed.
“It great to be able to understand subtle behaviour, pick up individual markings, and know more about their preferences. “Dolphins love to bow ride on boats, they developed this from bow-riding whales. I can pick up a sharp head movement, a ‘head jam’, as territorial; it means “I’m here, this is my bow ride”.
Although is loves sun-soaked days at his 300sqm ‘office’, he believes there is a high education and conservation value of well-run marine parks. “If we didn’t have marine parks like Sea World or Flipper on television, no one would care about them and they’d still be occupying cans of tuna, “ Peter says.
With the help of Sea World, he was able to attain commercial diving and skipper licences to assist with research and rescue efforts. He was part of a crew who flew to Vanuatu to successfully rescued 36 spinner dolphins stuck in a lagoon and two Humpbacks which had attracted a 5000- strong crowd on the Sunshine Coast.
“Humpbacks do fascinate people, there is no doubt. People love the opportunity to see and hear them up close,” Peter says. “On the Blue Dolphin, we’re so close you can smell them too. Their breathe is understandably fishy,” Peter says. It’s not uncommon for fine particles of whale snot to waft over the boat after a spout of blown water descends but that’s the price paid for close contact with the curious cetaceans. “Honestly people love it! Some people see whale encounters as life-changing.”
Peter is passionate about being able to impart how extraordinary the marine creatures are, in captivity and in the wild. “I consider myself very lucky to have worked in with the curious cetaceans. “Honestly people love it! Some people see whale encounters as life-changing.”
Peter is passionate about being able to impart how extraordinary the marine creatures are, in captivity and in the wild.
“I consider myself very lucky to have worked in a marine park and to now be able to show them being themselves in the wild. Yes, it is a dream job and yes, ‘what an office’ to do it in,” he says.
Did you know that we have a brand new eco-friendly sailing catamaran? Well here are some details for you:
- Luxurious 11.6m catamaran
- Wide decks with plenty of undercover seating
- Full walk-in bathroom
- 240v power on-board
- Wifi enabled
- On-board payment facilities
- Full licensed
Well we have, and we can show you on our Dolphin Watching tours around Hervey Bay and Fraser Island.
Our dolphin tours are the perfect way to see these incredible creatures while taking in the sights and sounds of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island. Did we mention that we have a sailing catamaran too?
Blue Dolphin Marine Tours has partnered up with Fraser Experience to bring you the ultimate luxury package!
Be driven around in style across Fraser Island in a 4 person Hummer for the day with free accommodation transfers and then see the Hervey Bay whales or dolphins (depending on season) on our luxury sailing catamaran! Now who wouldn’t go for a package like that.
Prices start from as little as $225 so don’t miss out, contact us today to book your next Hummer package.
Blue Dolphin doesn’t just offer incredible whale watching tours and dolphin watching tours, we also have our incredible Sunset Champagne Sailing evenings where you can take in the beautiful scenery of Hervey Bay whilst sipping champagne and tucking into our mouth-watering finger food buffet.
This is the perfect way to wind down after a long day at the office or even to get the evening started before heading on to your favorite restaurant.
With the 2012 season fast approaching. The last season there were reports of record numbers of Humpbacks Whales being seen off the Eastern side of Fraser Island and then into the calm waters of Hervey Bay. Now is the time to book your trip to Hervey Bay and Blue Dolphin.
Our first whale watching trip is planned for the 21th of July. With only 24 seats available on our brand new luxury sailing cataraman make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
Despite the waters of the Great Sandy Strait being quite dirty from all the recent rains the Indo-pacific humpback dolphins are still moving through looking for food. On most of our trips we are happy to find our regular pod of humpback dolphins feeding and playing near the mouth of the harbour.
Join Hervey Bay’s only multi-award winning whale watching sail vessel. We are also the smallest in the fleet at just 10.5m in length. Most of the whales we see are 10 to 13 metres in length and 30 tonnes or more, thats over 5 times the weight of our yacht. So when you see a whale from Blue Dolphin you really see a whale!
Your skipper Peter has over 26 years experience with marine mammals, 14 years of which were spent as marine mammal trainer at Seaworld. During those years Peter was involved with saving many stranded marine mammals. You can rest assured that your day will be as informative as you like thanks to Peters experience and he welcomes all your questions so make sure you ask.
From Peter and Jodie Lynch and all the staff at Blue Dolphin Marine Tours, we would like to wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thankyou to everyone who joined us one one of our tours and we do hope you had a great experience. We look forward to the New Year and seeing you and your family and friends
out with us again.