Thursday October 9, 2014

Everyone loves breaching whales and Cat Balou passengers on both trips today saw that. The morning trip saw a number of mother/calf pods, some resting, some active. The highlight of the morning trip was spectacular breaching by the last pod with both mother & calf launching themselves out of the water right in Twofold Bay. The mother also gave a pec slapping display. Common Dolphins were seen on this trip.
More mother/calf pods were seen in Twofold Bay & north to Leonard’s Island on the later cruise with an active baby breaching a number of times. One mother also gave a tail slapping display.

Wednesday October 8, 2014

CAT BALOU   passengers today witnessed nature at its best. We began the trip watching two mother/calf pods right in Twofold Bay. Heading east we ended up 6 miles east of Eden with a smorgasbord of sealife. Over 70 Common Dolphins enjoyed racing CAT BALOU towards the whales. Hundreds of Short Tail Shearwates and Australasian Gannets plus a few Albatross were on the surface and we were surrounded by sub adult whales. It was hard to count as they kept appearing all around us, but we estimate there must have been 20 Humpbacks and we also sighted another whale, possibly a Minke or Brydes from its fin. The dolphins kept hanging with the whales, along with a few seals. Later we watched two whales pec slapping and saw more pods on the trip home.

Conditions on the water were perfect with lots of sunshine & no wind.

Tuesday October 7, 2014

Cat Balou spotted whales shortly after departing this morning and caught up with a mother/calf pod near South Head. They were fairly quiet so we didn’t intrude, heading south in search of more whales. We spotted a number of pods but most were not spending much time on the surface. A bait ball with Common Dolphins, seals, Albatross & Australasian Gannets, along with a small Humpback created interest with plenty of activity on the surface.
We later headed north & picked up several pods near North Head. We followed 2 adults to South Head which fluked up at regular intervals and later another pod with an animal which had an interesting fluke. It appeared to have numerous Killer Whale rake marks on it.

Monday October 6, 2014

The dreaded NE wind had begun blowing in the early hours of this morning and we knew it was going to be rather unpleasant on the water. Some passengers opted to transfer to later in the week but the brave opted to give it a go. We found a mother, calf & escort about a mile outside Twofold Bay and we had some close encounters with this pod. Heading back into the more sheltered section of Twofold Bay we found another mother & calf who also came close to Cat Balou. After morning tea in East Boyd we found another pod in the bay which was a mother, calf & two escorts. As this wasn’t one of our better trips weather wise all passenegers were offered a return free trip or had half their fare refunded. The weather is looking good for the rest of this week.

Sunday October 5, 2014

Whales, whales & more whales! On the morning trip there was a constant flow of Humpbacks a couple of miles off the coast. We had one who gave a great pec slapping display, a competition pod and some close encounters. There were so many Albatross flying around near the whales. The hydrophone picked up a brilliant singing whale. At the breakwall on the way home we picked up Bottlenose Dolphins and saw a couple of Australian Fur Seals.
The Family Whale Watch later in the day found a mother and very active calf near South Head. The calf gave a perfect breach and tail slapped for the 45 minutes we spent with them. Another mother/calf pod later affiliated with them.

Saturday October 4, 2014

CAT BALOU began the day sighting an active calf accompanied by the mother & an escort. Several spectacular breaches from the calf along with peduncle throws & tails kept passengers happy. With a freshening NE wind we left these whales & headed north finding another mother, calf & escort near North Head.
The second trip saw conditions deteriorate as the wind freshened. We sighted a shy mother/calf pod in North Bay and later two sub adults east of North Head.

Friday October 3, 2014

Within minutes of departing on our 8am cruise we had spotted whales in Twofold Bay. Near South Head we had a mother, calf & yearling. The calf was playful with tail slapping & peduncle throws. We followed them around South Head and were later rewarded with breaches & head lunges. An Albatross was seen feeding on a cuttlefish. More whales were spotted offshore later in the morning.
The second trip made us work hard to find whales but we had a magnificent breach from one of the adults and some close encounters. The hydrophone picked up very clear singing. As we headed north we picked up Common Dolphins.

Thursday October 2, 2014

After cancelling cruises yesterday due to the gale force winds, CAT BALOU was back whale watching three times today in perfect conditions. We saw whales in all shapes & sizes from very small calves to massive mothers who resembled submarines. and all cruises had some very close encounters with these giants of the deep. On our last trip we were beside a very vocal whale when the hydrophone was put in with incredible singing heard.

Wednesday October 1, 2014

Why isn’t Cat Balou out whale watching today? Marine Rescue reports that the wind is blowing 50 knots form the SW! There are whales in Twofold Bay revelling in the windy conditions and the Rotary Park Lookout is the best place to whale watch today.

Tuesday September 30, 2014

The ‘Humpback Highway’ was again busy at Eden today with Cat Balou sighting many pods of whales on their three trips. Conditions on the water were excellent and we had some close encounters from some pods. Excellent singing was also heard on two of the trips. From all reports we had very happy & satisfied customers.