A small pod of what onlookers believed to be minke whales were sighted close into Emerald Beach for most of Monday afternoon while feeding on a large school of bait fish. Picture: TREVOR VEALE
A small pod of what onlookers believed to be minke whales were sighted close into Emerald Beach for most of Monday afternoon while feeding on a large school of bait fish. Picture: TREVOR VEALE

Whale of a show

A LARGE school of fish has unwittingly provided whale watchers with an incredible display that lasted all of Monday afternoon.

Emerald Beach became a feeding haven for a small pod of what was believed to be minke whales, who took great delight in feeding on the large school of fish.

Witnesses watching from the headland said that it was easy to tell where the fish were as the size of the school created a large shadow in the water that could be seen moving.

Unfortunately for the fish, the hungry whales also found them easily.

Frolicking in the warm water off Emerald Beach, the whales provided a spectacular display as they moved at times to within only 200 metres of the shore line.

Surfers stopped catching waves and paddled out even further to enjoy a rare, close up view of one of the planet's largest mammals.

While human kind enjoyed the show, the fish did not.

The school was constantly on the move up and down the shoreline as well as further out to sea and back in closer to land.

The evasive tactics failed to stop the whales from continually feeding, often coming from underneath the school and taking large amounts of fish with each attempt.



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