Friday September 19, 2014

Before leaving on todays cruise we had spotted whales in Twofold Bay & picked up this pod on the southern side of Twofold Bay. This was a mother, calf & escort with the calf doing several peduncle throws. We headed SE & picked up a pod of two sub adults who kept passengers happy with close encounters rolling around CAT BALOU showing their flukes and doing peduncle throws. Common Dolphins were also with the whales. As we headed home we resighted the original pod south of South Head.

Wednesday September 17, 2014

Great conditions on the water today after a SW change and CAT BALOU were with their first pod of Humpbacks within 20 minutes of departing the Eden wharf. Several other pods were seen during the trip with one pod playing with Common Dolphins we had found. We saw a few breaches – one at close range which thrilled passengers. A lot of Albatross as well as Australasian Gannets were seen on the trip

 A coach group aboard for an afternoon bay cruise received a bonus sighting three pods of Humpbacks in Twofold Bay. At one stage we witnessed a double breach and an active tail slapper.

Tuesday September 16, 2014

CAT BALOU sighted their first calf of the season today. We had a few close encounters from the mother & calf and also sighted a couple of breaches. Another sub adult was seen pec slapping and a few pods on the move. Common Dolphins were also seen.

Sunday September 14, 2014

Good conditions for whale watching today & CAT BALOU spotted their first whale within Twofold Bay, Eden. This whale was rather quiet so we left it & headed east finding another two whales and not far from this pod an active Humpback, breaching & pec slapping. We later headed south finding a bait ball with birds, seals & dolphins. The dolphins were plentiful and kept passengers entertained as we looked for more whales, finding several pods near Saltwater. Two Humpbacks were having fun with a seal and we had numerous close encounters with a few spy hops from the whales.  Another whale and later a few dolphins joined in the fun. As we returned to port we found two more Humpbacks who gave an impressive tail slapping display.

Saturday September 13, 2014

CAT BALOU had a spectacular display from the whales this afternoon. We were mugged for over half an hour with three very friendly whales spy hopping, great tails and close encounters. On the trip home we were escorted by Common Dolphins & a few Bottlenose Dolphins seen near the breakwall. Great conditions prevailed for the trip.

Friday September 12, 2014

The ‘Humpback Highway’ was very busy this morning with Cat Balou sighting numerous pods on the morning trip. At one stage we were surrounded by 12 whales with many more seen in the area. We witnessed tail slapping,peduncle throws, a breach, a couple of spy hops and some very close encounters. For the second day in a row we heard singing on the hydrophone. Cruising around the southern side of Twofold Bay as we headed home we found Bottlenose Dolphins in Honeysuckle Bay. Perfect conditions on the water.
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Thursday September 11, 2014

Good weather to be whale watching today and Cat Balou sighted quite a few pods of Humpbacks a couple of miles off the coast at Eden. One animal had a deep scar on the left hand side of the body ( photo on our facebook page). When we put the hydrophone overboard we picked up some clear singing.

Monday September 8, 2014

CAT BALOU sighted whales just outside Twofold Bay this morning. We saw a couple of breaches as we arrived. With a freshening NE wind we headed north spotting another pod & activity in the distance. Lots of Common Dolphins escorted Cat Balou throughout the trip. As we headed towards home we found another Humpback which we saw breach a number of times at close range. With strong winds forecast for the next few days we will not be whale watching but hopefully conditions will be suitable by Friday to head offshore again.

Sunday September 7, 2014

CAT BALOU  spent some time searching for whales today before finding two Humpbacks in different pods near Murwaree. These were both quiet so we headed north and were rewarded by a pod of three very active whales near North Head with an active display of peduncle thrusts & tail slapping. Lots of dolphins were also a hit with passengers.

Saturday September 6, 2014

Big seas all week prevented CAT BALOU from heading out in search of whales, however conditions had improved today. As we headed east Common Dolphins, always fun to watch, escorted Cat Balou. We sighted a breaching whales a couple of miles from us which unfortunately had stopped this activity by the time we arrived. We had a couple of close encounters but generally the whales were on the quiet side. Later in the morning we found two Southern Right whales near Leonards Island. One animal was infested with what appeared to be whale lice on the head & top of the fluke (pictures on facebook). Another juvenile Humpback was also sighted near the Stn Rights.