Whale of a time on the way
THE whales are on their way back.
Sunshine Coast whale-watching operators are busy taking bookings ahead of the upcoming season.
Whale One Mooloolaba will be sending out customers from Saturday, June 1, with a guarantee that if no whales are spotted, tickets will be refunded.
Whale One Mooloolaba administrator Diane Harrison said more humpback whales were expected with the population increasing by 10% annually.
"Bookings for the first few days are starting up," she said.
"We'll see more numbers come in as the season goes along.
"We always get a few last-minute calls from people looking to book but we're sold out and end up with waiting lists."
Ms Harrison said more Sunshine Coast residents were welcomed on board each year
"People are realising they don't have to go to Hervey Bay or the Gold Coast to go out and see the whales," she said.
Most of the humpbacks in Australian waters migrate north to sub-tropic coastal waters from June to August, and return towards the Southern Ocean from September to November.
Groups of young males typically lead the migration while pregnant cows and cow-calf pairs bring up the rear.