The weather tested us out today as there was still a swell from the NE from yesterday with a SW change early this morning. We had seen whales from shore before leaving and caught up with a mother, calf & escort between South Head & Murwaree. We had some close encounters plus a few peduncle throws & a semi breach from the calf and we watched them for over half an hour. We later headed south & sighted two pods who were not spending time on the surface but gave a few flukes. Heading north we spotted a few blows but again these whales were rather elusive. As this was not one of our better trips all customers were offered a return free cruise. We attempted a second trip but the weather beat us with a strong southerly breeze & we returned to port & refunded customers.
Once again there was no shortage of whales off the coast at Eden today. CAT BALOU on the morning trip watched several pods with some pec slapping, two whales giving a great tail slapping display, a couple of breaches and also a competition pod of 6 -8 animals. Faint singing was heard on the hydrophone. We picked up a few Common dolphins on the return trip. With the NE wind freshening we cancelled the later trip.
It was a stunning day on the water – lots of sunshine & no wind. CAT BALOU was kept busy with three whale watching cruises. We witnessed pec slapping, spy hopping, head lunging tail slapping & peduncle throws from numerous whales we encountered. On the second trip we resighted the mother/calf pod we had seen in Twofold Bay yessterday. On the first & last trip we heard brilliant singing throught the hydrophone. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted off Aslings Beach on the first two trips.
The ocean off the coast at Eden today was alive with sealife. Too many whales to count, hundreds of Common dolphins, seals, Shearwaters and Gannets. Wherever we looked whales appeared!. The first trip also saw Bottlenose dolphins in Honeysuckle Bay and a mother & calf right in Twofold Bay with a very close encounter with this pair to end the morning trip.
Despite it being overcast & cold this morning the Humpback Highway was running hot with CAT BALOU sighting numerous whales between South Head & Saltwater. The first sighting was a mother & calf seen very close to shore but a mile or two wider pods kept appearing. At one stage we were surrounded by 6 Humpbacks. Heading home we saw a calf breaching near Murwaree so we headed back to look at it. Another two adults were nearby and what a show they turned on with breaching, head lunging & pec slapping.
The highlight of the morning cruise was magnificent singing which we first heard through the hull without putting the hydrophone in. The whale must have been directly below CAT BALOU and had passengers mesmerized with the clear song at times sounding if was a didgeridoo! We saw about 6 Humpbacks during the cruise and hundreds of Common dolphins. The second trip found two active adults a mile outside Twofold Bay with breaches galore.
We have had a report of Killer Whales at Merimbula late this afternoon.
CAT BALOU were with their first whales within minutes of leaving the Eden wharf today – an adult and yearling in Twofold Bay. When we left them we headed east picking up a large pod of Common Dolphins which were spectacular in the crystal clear water. We found another pod of Humpbacks and picked up very clear singing on the hydrophone. With a report of more whales to our north we headed in that direction and found three pods who affilliated and turned into a competition pod. We had a number of close encounters with at least six adult whales and one lay under the boat a couple of times.
CAT BALOU had a busy day with three cruises. The morning whale watch found two Humpbacks about a mile out of Twofold Bay and when we put the hydrophone in heard some very clear singing. After watching this pod for half an hour we headed east and found three very inquisitive whales who spy hopped a number of times beside us. and mugged Cat Balou for over 40 minutes.
Two coach groups on our Twofold Bay Cruises later in the day also saw whales with one breaching twice on the second trip. The third trip found a mother & calf in Twofold Bay. This was a very proud mother who encouraged the calf to come right up to the boat as we were stationery giving passengers a thrill.
This morning we struggled finding whales – our hardest day so far this season. We sighted a couple of pods but they were not spending much time on the surface and we had to contend with a swell. The highlight of the trip was two encounters with hundreds of Common Dolphins. Customers were offered a return free cruise or half fare refunded as we felt this trip was not up to our usual standard. On the second trip the swell had eased and we encountered a competition pod of four Humpbacks pursued by another pod of three. Heading home a tail slapping whale was seen.
CAT BALOU was out whale watching twice today and both trips were amazing with muggings by Humpbacks. The first whales found were off Murwaree and these two sub adults amazed passengers with their close proximity to the vessel. With the motors cut the pair swam beside & under the boat with the only downside that they had BAD BREATH!! Later in the trip we found another couple of pods with tail & pec slapping as well as over a hundred Common dolphins. Above water level the bird life was prolific with many Albatross, Shearwaters and Australasia Gannets keeping bird watchers entertained. The later trip also found two friendly sub adult whales with spy hops and close encounters. More dolphins were also seen as well as seals hauled out on the Eden breakwall.