THE peak tourism body on the Fraser Coast has scoffed at the suggestion the Gold Coast now holds the mantle of Australia's whale-watching capital.
Debate has raged in social media circles since leading industry personalities on the Glitter Strip proclaimed last week they now held the crown.
Their comments also sparked outcry from local whale-watching heavyweights Brian and Jill Perry who weighed into the war of words and reminded those on the border that Hervey Bay's intimate experience was unmatched.
The latest to enter the oceanic battle is Tourism Fraser Coast and its general manager Pip Close who labelled the claim "a bit of a whopper".
"I'm happy for the Gold Coast that they are having a good season but bragging about being number one for whales is a bit over the top," Ms Close said.
"Hervey Bay has been, still is and will continue to be, the whale-watching capital of the world. We know it, the visitors know it and certainly the international media knows it."
Ms Close said she would refer those on the Gold Coast making the bold declarations to CNN's internationally acclaimed travel website.
She said CNNGo recently rated Hervey Bay the world's best destination to see humpback whales, while Australian Geographic has it right near the top of its list.
She said neither organisation mentioned the Gold Coast.
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