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Gregono's eye pod is near to the centre of the picture and the front of his jaw is to the left top of the picture. A humpbacks eye pods protrude out from each side of the body. Their vision is oriented forward and downwards which is why they often roll-up or roll-over to get a better view of you!
We received a radio call from Tasman Venture, one of the Hervey Bay day trip boats, late on the afternoon of the 10th August 1995. They asked if we would mind moving towards their position to attract the attention of a young whale that would not leave them alone. It was time for them to return to Urangan Boat Harbour.
We obliged and began easing slowly towards Tasman Venture. Eventually the young whale decided to switch its attention to our expedition vessel and moved towards us allowing them to start their engines and move slowly away from the area.
Thats how we met Gregono!
The close-up (Photo left) of Gregono's eye was taken by Trish as he rolled up to have a good look at all on board Karma.
She recalls that as she looked into the camera lens Gregono's eye appeared to be bright blue. We have read reports that Humpbacks eyes are brown so it may have been the reflection of the ocean in his eye.