Our first Mum and Bub of the season! We found our first Mum and Bub at North Head and they entered Twofold Bay. The calf breached several times. Other pods were sighted during the cruise with brilliant displays of tail slapping and several breaches.
Today we had 2 Southern Right whales as well as many Humpback Whales. We saw some feeding and a had a number of wonderful close encounters.
Apologies for the delay in our whale watching reports, we are experiencing a few computer issues so haven’t been able to produce daily reports on both Facebook and our website. We are hoping that our computer problems will be resolved by early next week.
Over the last week, we have experienced excellent sightings of humpback whales. Today we sighted over 30 whales and experienced lunge feeding, breaching and some close encounters with “mugging” around Cat Balou. We have also sighted dolphins on most trips.
Today’s conditions on the water were ideal for kitesurfing but extremely difficult for whale watching. The dreaded NE wind arrived overnight making conditions very sloppy and with no sunshine whales & the ocean blended together. We headed north & finally found a mother & calf which we followed from Haycock Point to Leonard’s Island. We had a number of close encounters but they were not in active mode. Bottlenose Dolphins were seen at Aslings Beach as we returned home.
A SW change overnight made conditions on the water calm but very cold. Cat Balou sighted whales as they headed out & caught up with three pods of Humpbacks off South Head. Unfortunately they were not spending too much time on the surface so we headed south finding another 2 pods near Murwaree. One adult gave a spectacular head lunge. We left these whales & headed north spotting a breaching whale off The Pinnacles. This was a mother & calf and we had some wonderful close encounters with them. Back in Twofold Bay we located Bottlenose Dolphins off Aslings Beach.
A coach group on our afternoon Twofold Bay Cruises were treated to a great display by 4 mother/calf pods right in Twofold Bay. One pod was the mother/calf we were watching earlier. The mother was pec slapping while her calf did peduncle throws & tail slapping.
Today Cat Balou sighted 15 Humpback whales. Some pods were not as active as yesterday, however we witnessed many beautiful flukes – with Researcher Manue capturing most, a few peduncle throws and some breaches but not at close range. A mother, calf & escort near Leonard’s Island were quite active with pec slapping and peduncle throws and gave some fisherman a very close encounter.
Manue reports that three whales sighted by her in Hervey Bay this year were resighted at Eden 23 days later – one mother & calf plus another adult. They haven’t wasted any time heading south!
Cat Balou had two successful whale watching cruises today. The morning trip began with a mother & calf in Twofold Bay who we observed logging on the surface, giving passengers a chance to see just how big they are. The mother gave some wonderful slow flukes. We left them and headed south finding a pod of two adults and nearby another mother & calf. These whales affiliated and it turned into a competition pod. Heading north we passed a quiet mother & calf and off The Pinnacles a pod pod five with the calf breaching several times. As we headed home we found more whales with an active calf tail slapping.
With a quick turn around we headed back to where we has seen the last pod and had an amazing encounter with the mother & calf. The calf breached too many times to count! Mum did peduncle throws & they were joined by another mother/calf pod with one mother head lunging a number of times. As we were leaving we witnessed one of the adults breaching at close range.
Cold & calm today. Cat Balou began their morning cruise sighting Bottlenose Dolphins which are always fun to watch. Towards Murwaree we had four pods of whales and we followed a mother & calf for some time before heading north. We put the hydrophone in & could hear a whale singing. As we headed north we picked up Common Dolphins and later another pod of Bottlenose Dolphins. Near North Head we watched a pod of 4 – 2 mother/calf pods who had affiliated. Suddenly one of the calves started to breach, then one mother launched herself out at close range – AWESOME!
The afternoon trip sighted two mother/calf pods with one adult tail & pec slapping. One pod was a resight of this mornings M/C pod.
Huge seas over the past 2 days prevented Cat Balou to go whale watching. Conditions on the water had improved today & Cat Balou was back out looking for whales. We sighted a total of 6 Humpbacks but none were spending much time on the surface. Researcher Tizoc was pleased that all whales fluked up each time they surfaced enabling him to photograph them for ID. We believe that the quiet behaviour may be a result of them experiencing the wild sea conditions that we have had over the past two days. While we were with the first pod we put the hydrophone in & heard some clear singing.
All passengers were offered a return free cruise tomorrow when we hope to see more surface behaviour.
It was a bleak day on the water, grey skies & cold. CAT BALOU spotted a mother & calf within minutes of leaving the Eden wharf, but as this pair were very quiet we headed out in search of more whales. During the trip we watched 5 pods with some very close encounters. Common Dolphins were also seen as we approached the third pod and the whales were interacting with them. One mother we watched had damage to her fluke caused by a Killer Whale.