Monday September 22, 2014

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.

Sunday September 21, 2014

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.

Saturday September 20, 2014

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.

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.
Our next whale cruise will be on Saturday 13th September at 12.15pm.Tickets are $55 for adults and our whale guarantee applies to this trip which will be for 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Book now!

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.