They Wanted To Film A Turtle, But Get A Close Encounter With Something Way Bigger
When Brad and Emmy-Rose got off their boat in the water by Stradbroke Island, they thought they were seeing turtles. They caught a shock when two humpback whales appeared in the water with them. As one of the largest rorqual species of whales, the humpback whale is very popular with whale watchers for its method of communication by slapping its pectoral fins and tail along the surface of the water. Like most species of large whales, the humpback was on the brink of extinction before anti-whaling laws were introduced in 1966. The waters near the coast of Australia were one of the first spots to see the new abundance of migratory populations because of their early adoption of strict conservation efforts.