Marine-conservation yach Migaloo 2, skippered by documentary filmmaker Dean Jefferys, returned to Byron shire on Sunday morning after a six-month campaign along the Queensland coast.
Dean reckoned sailing in at Brunswick Heads bar was the scariest crossing of a bar he’d negotiated in his many years of sailing the east coast.
‘I came in a bit after high tide and it was bit hairy as there was a strong current running which could’ve smashed me onto the rocks,’ he told Echonetdaily.
The ‘Sailing the Winds of Change 2012 and Beyond’ campaign involved raising awareness about marine conservation, whales, dolphins and dugongs, development impacts on the Great Barrier Reef, the threat of coal-seam gas (CSG) mining to the environment and a host of other issues.
Dean and crew left Brunswick Heads last winter, following the annual whale migration north.
He said one of the climaxes of the journey was experiencing the total eclipse of the sun near Cairns.
At Hervey Bay, the yacht and crew had ‘an amazing 4 weeks’ with the whales. (See Playing didge with a Southern right whale and baby).
They also participated in an Aboriginal smoking ceremony for whales and dolphins.
‘On the way to Hervey Bay we had a ceremony in Noosa for all the marine life tangled and killed in shark nets and paddled out to the shark nets 200 metres off shore.’