Lifestyle

From chasing whalers to tourists

Michael May will return next week from his second time serving as a crew member of the Bob Barker for controversial anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd.
Michael May will return next week from his second time serving as a crew member of the Bob Barker for controversial anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd.

A SEVERE case of hypothermia, seasickness and raging weather are just some of the experiences Hervey Bay's Michael May walked away with from his second year on Sea Shepherd's anti-whaling ship Bob Barker.

Mr May spends most of his year educating tourists as a guide on whale-watching boat Tasman Venture.

Over the past two years, he has also spent his summers helping the controversial group to stop Japanese whaling ships in the Antarctic.

Mr May will return to Hervey Bay next week after spending 92 days serving as quartermaster on Bob Barker.

His role included forming a decoy against whale security ships attached to the bigger whaling factory ships.

Mr May faced the wrong end of one of the high-powered water cannons mounted on many of the security ships, which saw him and three crew members limp back to the Bob Barker with varying degrees of hypothermia.

He will talk about this and other incidents as a guest speaker at the Paddle Out 4 Whales festival later this month.

The event will be held on the Scarness Esplanade and each year honours the number of whales killed by Japanese whaling ships.

Mr May said talking about his time on the Bob Barker with the annual flood of tourists on the Tasman Venture was just as important as his time on the Bob Barker.

"It really hits home when I start talking about it," he said.

"By bringing tourists to the whales in their natural environment, you have an opportunity to bring whales into their hearts and minds," he said.

Visit paddleout4whales.blogspot.com for more information on the festival.

It will be held on June 23.

Topics:  animals, sea shepherd


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Cockatoo coal employees to receive entitlements

Andrew Lawson from Cockatoo Coal speaking at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance Major Industry Conference 2014 held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.
Photo Contributed / Murray Ware

Sacked Baralaba mine workers will receive entitlements this week

Doctor cuts teeth in CQ

NEW DOCTOR: Mashfique Khan has joined the ranks at Emerald Health Care Centre.

Doctor cuts teeth in CQ

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group market afternoon

FUN AFTERNOON: THE Central Queensland Dachshund group is holding a fun afternoon at Centenary Park on Sunday.

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group fun afternoon is on tomorrow

Latest deals and offers

Breaking down the mental health stigma

IT’S the conversation no one wants to have, but one the sporting world desperately needs to have.

BUDGET 2016: Exploration initiative paves way for future

Aerial shot of the LNG proponents on Curtis Island

"It is pleasing the Govt has an eye to high-tech jobs of the future"

Central Queensland grazier in the national spotlight

Claire was the fifth generation to grow up on a 12,500ha property

Cockatoo coal employees to receive entitlements

Andrew Lawson from Cockatoo Coal speaking at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance Major Industry Conference 2014 held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.
Photo Contributed / Murray Ware

Sacked Baralaba mine workers will receive entitlements this week

Doctor cuts teeth in CQ

NEW DOCTOR: Mashfique Khan has joined the ranks at Emerald Health Care Centre.

Doctor cuts teeth in CQ

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group market afternoon

FUN AFTERNOON: THE Central Queensland Dachshund group is holding a fun afternoon at Centenary Park on Sunday.

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group fun afternoon is on tomorrow

Gwen Stefani, George Clooney and Julia Roberts sing Queen

Gwen Stefani, George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

James Corden from The Late Late Show sings Carpool Karaoke with Gwen Stefani and...

Dalby Twins Star in House Rules

Luke and Cody from Dalby

Brothers from Dalby talk about their time on Seven's House Rules.

Blake Lively Film Shot on Gold Coast

Blake Lively in The Shallows.

New trailer for shark thriller The Shallows starring Blake Lively.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances