2018 has been a pivotal year for the conservation conversation, especially on saving our Oceans and Sea Life. As Gold Coast’s original Whale Watching company, protecting and bringing awareness on the amazing migrating Whale population just off our Australian Coast, has been our passion. We work alongside environmental groups to ensure the Whales are kept safe, our onboard Whale champions from Humpbacks and High Rises regularly observe the Whales feeling super comfortable around our boat even with their babies.
Whales were in crisis up until the 1960’s with commercial whaling depleting populations, the Humpback Whale population is now increasing but is still classified as Vulnerable by the Australian Government. The Blue Whale is classified as endangered and is sometimes found in the warm waters off the Gold Coast.
The following news articles have caught our attention over the past year, and show an increased awareness to ocean pollution and global concern for turtles, whales, dolphins and fish etc:
- National Geographic Planet or Plastic June 2018 issue dedicated to the raise awareness about the global plastic waste crisis
- Scientists finding 30kg of plastic in a dead Sperm Whale in Spain
- Thailand tried to rescue a Pilot Whale that swallowed 80 plastic bags
- War on Waste episode that talked about the harm plastic straws are making to Sea Turtles in Australia
- Coles and Woolworths banning plastic bags
- Brisbane City Council to ban single use plastic at all operations and events
- The Queen banning plastic straws and bottles in their Regal Estates
- Australian Government announcing “By 2025 or earlier, all Australian packaging in Australia will be reusable, combustible, or recyclable,” he said.
- Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is the size of Queensland with trillions of plastic, which was made worse by the Japan Tsunami in 2011
Whales in Paradise have always been mindful of our environmental impact and “do our bit” by:
- Replacing free Tea & Coffee cups with biodegradable eco-friendly alternatives
- Plastic straws have always been banned from our operations
- Reusable quality plates and cutlery for meals on board (commercially cleaned after use)
- Eco friendly Toilet Paper
- Complimentary tap water onboard so customers can refill their own bottles
- Recycling rubbish where possible
- Reducing paper waste with online and paperless technologies
- Educational talks about marine life to our international customers and school groups
- Awareness to customers about flushing items down the toilet
- Reusable bags and storage
Our nature loving crew and reservations staff are continuously looking for ideas on how we can improve our cruises and be more eco-friendly.
As the level of plastic in our ocean is at critical levels, it’s more important than ever to ensure that we all minimise our waste and find greener alternatives eg swapping plastic for biodegradable alternatives when shopping, packing a lunch rather than getting takeaway, taking your own water bottle and grocery bags with you wherever you go, cooking fresh ingredients from scratch rather than ready made meals etc.