Its technically a rule. I cannot let a year go by and not swim with our locally migrating minke whales. Luckily a short window opened up and i was able to join a trip of my friend Richard Fitzpatrick and other crew to steam up to the far northern Reefs in the hope to get investigated by these curious (small) giants. It didn't take to much time for us to get into the water with the first few. The most important part is to keep them entertained, but having human "bait" in the water at all time.
If you miss this small detail, the whales would get bored and go somewhere else. One individual in particular was the main attraction. It would keep coming close, in arm reach, eye balling every one in snorkel gear over and over. Once the minke whale sightings have filled up our memory cards, exploring the remote reef on scuba was on the agenda. A reminder as of why the Great Barrier Reef is called 'Great" !