The places Ecosure goes: Swimming with humpback whales in Tonga!

We recently posted the first blog in our new series “The places Ecosure goes” as a way of documenting and sharing with our followers some of our most interesting and inspirational environmental adventures. It featured Project Manager Ashleigh Jackson’s cage shark diving adventure in South Australia and you can read all about it here.

Our second post below comes from Ecosure Senior Wildlife Biologist Jess Bracks, who recently traveled to Tonga with husband Phill Bracks, also from Ecosure, to swim with whales! We’re sure you’ll agree their photos are quite amazing.


Who went: Jess Bracks, Senior Wildlife Biologist, and Phill Bracks, Manager – Brisbane

Where to: Vava’u, Tonga

Why:  “To swim with whales!”

What was seen: We swam with 7 humpback whales during our two days on the water.”

What was it like: “It was so special to be in the water with these gentle giants. One curious youngster came up to see what all the fuss was about and we had to tuck into balls so we didn’t run into each other! Tonga, like so many places, used to rely heavily on whaling as a source of income. The shift to ecotourism has meant that whaling is a thing of the past, and their numbers are on the rise!”

Jess Bracks and Phill representing in Tonga

Phill with mother and calf

Humpback whale

Mother and calf

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