Some more dwarf minke clips from my recent expedition to the Great Barrier Reef with Eye to Eye – because too much minke business is never enough! The story can be viewed online at Travel Insider

A minke makes a fairly close approach under the trailing snorkellers’ line, though this isn’t a ‘close approach’ as defined by the scientific surveyors – they come much nearer than this.

Whale takes a breather – listen for their peculiar metallic vocalisations at the beginning and end of the video.

Two minkes swimming together. Scientists speculate that these Reef gatherings, which usually consist of adolescent whales, may have a courtship purpose. As onboard marine biologist Dean Miller said, ‘It’s their blue-light disco’.

The dwarf minke is the most patterned baleen whale. Patterns are unique to each individual, and always assymetrical.

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A minke swims over to say hello. I shot this video during a spot of extremely immersive whale-watching on the Great Barrier Reef with Eye to Eye Marine Encounters.

My article about swimming with minkes has just been published in Qantas inflight magazine and Qantas Travel Insider. The iPad version includes video.

For a few weeks every southern winter, the Great Barrier Reef hosts one of the planet’s most amazing wildlife experiences. Recently I had the privilege of joining Eye to Eye Marine Encounters on a trip to hang out (literally) with dwarf minke whales in Reef waters off Cape York. Here’s a link to my article in this month’s Qantas inflight magazine about this unique animal encounter.

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