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First dwarf Minke whales sighted on Great Barrier Reef

A diving instructor on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef witnessed the first dwarf minke whales for the 2020 season, on June 22. In video captured by Mike Ball Dive Expeditions and Julia Sumerling, the majestic creatures are seen gracefully swimming underwater. “For six very short weeks a year, only a few hundred people can claim to come face-to-face with dwarf minke whales as they congregate in the remote northern parts of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef,” a spokesperson for Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) told Storyful. “The Great Barrier Reef is the only known predictable gathering of these whales in the world.” Mike Ball Dive Expeditions is one of the four tourism operators which offer liveaboard minke whale expeditions, as part of the seven licences approved by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to conduct swims with dwarf minke whales. Credit: Mike Ball Dive Expeditions and Julia Sumerling via Storyful

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