The internationally-acclaimed film maker came to the Fraser Coast with the hopes of capturing the unique way whales behave when they spend time in the water between Fraser Island and the mainland.
The internationally-acclaimed film maker came to the Fraser Coast with the hopes of capturing the unique way whales behave when they spend time in the water between Fraser Island and the mainland. Tasman Venture

Hervey Bay's gentle giants show off in doco

WHALES visiting the Fraser Coast have proven to be the perfect talent for Greg Grainger's documentary Smarter than the Average Whale which is now in the final days of filming.

The internationally-acclaimed film maker came to the Fraser Coast with the hopes of capturing the unique way whales behave when they spend time in the water between Fraser Island and the mainland.

Less than two weeks into filming the whales and Grainger has been able to capture exactly what he wanted.

"We've been out on the water every day (since last Monday) and we've got some phenomenal action," Grainger said.

"For example the other day two whales swam around and played for four hours, they really wanted to show off."

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The premise of Grainger's documentary is to show how intelligent the giant mammals are by capturing their social interactions and ability to communicate.

To help explain the way the animals are interacting with each other, marine biologist and "whale whisperer" Vicki Neville will feature in the film as she takes her Tasman Venture charter boat out to meet the majestic animals.

She said she was taking the opportunity to market what the Fraser Coast has to offer during whale season on a global scale.

"Not so much now but years back I said we don't market it in the right way and it's such a special and unique area," Ms Neville said.

"Having this opportunity we can really showcase that they still need protection, what a unique area this is and how nothing compares to whale watching here."

The uniqueness of the whales is what will make this documentary different to other whale films made in the past.

"This is very much a story of communication between whales and humans, whale intelligence and character," Grainger said.

"When you get up close to a big whale and it eyeballs you, you can see that it is an intelligent creature looking straight back into your soul, and that's what we're bringing with this program."