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Famous documentary maker gives Hervey Bay whales ‘5 stars’

September 8, 2015 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

unnamed (1)Hervey Bay’s world famous whales have been given ‘5-stars’ from acclaimed producer and presenter Greg Grainger who has just completed shooting his latest wildlife documentary project in the region.

Greg said filming conditions had been perfect for the project – a 50 minute documentary Smarter Than Your Average Whale to be showcased to a global audience.

“We were very happy with the filming. Hervey Bay turned it on with beautiful weather and calm water, perfect for interacting with the whales and even swimming with them,’’ he said.

“We were lucky enough on one occasion to have a female humpback follow us for four hours, allowing for some up close and personal filming. All the whales played their parts superbly, we got some phenomenal action, ’’ he said.

The documentary project was secured as a joint initiative between Fraser Coast Opportunities (FCO), Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) and local whale charter Tasman Venture.

The film is set to focus on the conservation efforts of Tasman Venture team member Vicki Neville, and also features Wally Franklin from the Oceania Project who has researched the Hervey Bay humpback whales for more than 25 years.

Lloyd Burgess, owner and operator of Tasman Venture, said the weather was great most days and the whales turned up and put on a show.

“Greg and the team got a lot of great shots during their two week filming period which we are really looking forward to seeing,” Lloyd said.

Smarter Than Your Average Whale will highlight the interaction, emotion, intelligence and behavioural patterns of whales – demonstrating why they are amongst the most intelligent and loved mammals alive

FCO General Manager Leigh Bennett said the documentary would provide incredible international exposure for Hervey Bay, regarded as the premier destination in the world to view humpback whales.

“We can’t wait to see the finished product, the feedback so far has been excellent. This is an amazing tourism coup for the Fraser Coast,’’ he said.

Greg Grainger is an award-winning producer and presenter of topical travel and adventure documentaries, and wildlife programs, to remote and exotic locations.


His highly acclaimed adventures have captured on film activities as diverse as sky burials in Tibet to shark riding in Tahiti, expeditions across the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as along the Andes and Himalaya.

A winner of the prestigious Logie Award for Top News Report, Greg has worked for leading radio and television stations in Britain and Australia for the past 35 years.

Greg’s documentaries have been seen by tens of millions of viewers, from National Geographic and Discovery Channels to Channels Seven, Nine, Ten and the ABC in Australia.

For more information on the Hervey Bay whale watch season, head to whalesherveybay.com.au.

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