THE winter tourist season on North Stradbroke Island got a true seal of approval when this marine visitor stopped for a bit of R and R at Adder Rocks last week.
Photographer Dan Garcia captured this seal making the most of the Queensland winter sun on the rocks before embarking on its annual winter sojourn.
The seal is one of three spotted on the island’s beaches this season.
But they are not the only marine animals visiting Straddie.
More than 1957 humpback whales were spotted passing the island heading north since May 14.
Islanders said this year’s passing parade was puzzling as 45 humpbacks had been spotted heading south in the past week.
Island tourist operator Dave Thelander said it was “very early” for humpbacks to start heading south, which usually occurred late in August.