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Minke whales

Noosa Oceanrider’s guest were treated to a rare sighting of a Minke whale last week breaching. 

The minke whales which are a black/grey/purple colour, are the second smallest baleen whale after the pygmy right whale. They are between 6.9 m and 8 m in length and the males are smaller than the females. 

The minke whale breathes three to five times at short intervals before ‘deep-diving’ for 2 to 20 minutes and they can swim at speeds up to 38 km/h.

Like the humpbacks they migrate from the poles to the tropics during fall and winter. They are playful creatures and you can swim with them further north on the Great Barrier Reef. 


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Get a taste of Noosa from the water,  soak up spectacular scenery and iconic sights that can only be truly appreciated from the water and get up close and personal with the resident dolphins that play along the coast.


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The Oceanrider Adventure Tour is a faster-paced tour that starts at the Noosa Marina with a cruise down the Noosa River and crossing the Noosa Bar, where the river meets the sea at Laguna Bay. You will experience tighter turns and the manoeuvring capabilities of the Gemini RIB that is Oceanrider while encountering and negotiating ocean swells and waves. Noosa’s original & best Ocean adventure ride!

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