Gold Coast Season 2023 finale as we celebrate our inaugural season with Whale Watch Queensland and thank all of our Pod Members for joining us this year. It was a wonderful season and after many years of planning and preparing it was with great joy we were able to begin operations this year on the Gold Coast and see our new vessel Whale Watch 1 back in her home state and welcoming guests onboard. Our research has now expanded to work with both Australian Humpback Whale populations and our family are very fortunate to have the opportunity of furthering our knowledge, understanding and time spent with the Humpback Whales of Australia. A season filled with many wonderful encounters including this year a large number of calves who had been born further south and were being guided carefully north by their mums.
A big thank you to every Pod Member who joined us this season, it was very special to welcome you all onboard for our inaugural season and we are looking forward to many more years of whale watching and research on the Gold Coast. It was wonderful to also see the positive response from the whales towards our vessel Whale Watch 1 just as we observed during her time in Western Australia as well. Whale Watch 1 fulfils her purpose as a dedicated whale watch vessel with a low sound profile that the Humpback Whales feel extremely comfortable around and provides meaningful and intimate interactions helping us achieve our motto of observing behaviour and not influencing behaviour. Although sad to see the last of the Humpback Whales now having moved past Surfers Paradise and return back to their summer feeding grounds of Antarctica it is with much excitement we start to countdown the days to Season 2024. Our family cannot wait for the arrival of the east coast Humpback Whale population once again along the magnificent Surfers Paradise coastline and we hope to welcome you onboard to Join The Pod with Whale Watch Queensland!