IT was a case of true love for Janette and Tim Irwin when they met on a whale watching tour three years ago.
The lovebirds – who married on July 25 – will be celebrating their honeymoon and three-year anniversary tomorrow by taking another whale watching tour with Blue Dolphin Marine Tours in Hervey Bay.
“It will be almost three years to the day that we had our first official date on the Blue Dolphin,” Janette said. “We had such a great time that we have always wanted to go back and do it again.”
Blue Dolphin Marine Tours owner Peter Lynch said he and his wife Jodie – who also met on a whale watching tour 16 years ago – were excited to see them again.
“It’s such a wonderful story. Hervey Bay is a very special place for Janette and Tim and we can’t wait to have them on board the Blue Dolphin again,” he said.
Janette and Tim met through online dating in 2012 and had been corresponding for two and a half months before they decided to meet in person. As Tim lived in Gladstone and Janette was on the Sunshine Coast, they decided to meet half way in Hervey Bay and go whale watching.
“It was something that appealed to us as we both loved the water and boating,” Janette said. “We chose Blue Dolphin Marine Tours because we liked the luxury of the catamaran and the tour seemed more personal.”
She said the date went off without a hitch.
“Peter and Jodie’s hospitality was amazing and they were so welcoming,” she said. “It was a beautiful day and we saw lots of whales. They came very close to the vessel – almost to the point where I could touch them.”
And her first impressions of Tim were of course very favourable. Two months after their first date, Janette moved to Gladstone to be closer to Tim. The husband and wife now live in Maroochydore.
“Our first date was one of our best memories ever, that’s for sure!” Janette said.
Humpback whales are regular visitors to Hervey Bay – considered the whale watching capital of Australia. Each year, during winter they migrate from Antarctic waters to the warm waters of the tropics for calving. The whale-watching season is typically between late July and November, with many whales staying in the calm protected waters of Hervey Bay for up to 10 days.