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.
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.
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.
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.