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.
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.
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.
This morning CAT BALOU had a mugging by three Humpbacks for over half an hour. This inquisitive trio kept popping up beside us & seemed to respond to the ‘whale whisperers’ on board. As we headed north later we picked up a large pod of Common dolphins. We saw several other pods of whales during the trip with one juvenile giving a display of head lunging, a couple of breaches & tail slaps.
A Dwarf Minke was sighted just outside Twofold Bay this morning. Later several pods of Humpbacks including a semi competition pod with a number of close encounters. A few Albatoss were seen during the trip and a seal on the Eden breakwall on the return
After big seas this week prevented us whale watching they had abated today, leaving a lazy easterly swell. We spotted a number of pods between the heads & 3 miles off the coast. One of the whales entertained us as it played with seaweed. Some pods were just cruising about and the last pod spotted did several breaches. On the return trip we found a small seal hauled out on the chipmill bouy. Although our whale watching cruises wont be operating on a daily basis until 20th September we will continue to operate whale cruises on selected days.
There was plenty of action for passengers aboard CAT BALOU today. Five seals were hauled out on the Eden breakwall as we departed and it wasn’t long before we sighted whales. During the 3hrs we sighted close to 20 Humpbacks with our first sighting of some of them feeding this year. As we watched whales, hundreds of Common Dolphins hung around Cat Balou & the whales. At one stage we were surrounded by 7 whales and got to see a double spy hop. As we returned home we saw the seals still hauled out on the breakwall & a large stingray at the pontoon.
CAT BALOU had another successful whale search this morning. Several pods of Humpbacks were seen with the highlight being a juvenile who mugged the boat servral times as well as spy hopping. There were a lot of Common Dolphins sighted throughout the trip and two seals hauled out on the breakwall.
FALSE KILLER WHALES & HUMPBACKS!!
What an amazing day on the water. CAT BALOU began the trip sighting Australian Fur Seals on the Eden breakwall & it wasn’t long before we spotted our first whales. Initially it looked like Killer Whales but as we got closer found they were False Killers – the first time we have sighted them in the 27 years of operating CAT BALOU. It was hard to estimate how many as they stretched out for several hundred metres, however we guessed approximately 100 animals. They approached us and a few did a bit of bow riding. To the north we spotted more whales which were Humpbacks. There were approximately 8 pods in the area & all very active – breaching, tail slapping, pec slapping & peduncle thrusts. Back in Twofold Bay we found Bottlenose dolphins an even three kangaroos on the lawn at Edrom Lodge which was a bonus for our overseas passengers. In the past couple of weeks we have sighted 5 DIFFERENT SPECIES OF WHALES AT EDEN- no wonder National Geographic named EDEN as the NUMBER 1 WHALE WATCHING DESTINATION IN AUSTRALIA 2014!
CAT BALOU passengers experienced a smorgasbord of sealife today. As well as about 10 Humpbacks ther were too many Common dolphins to count, seals and hundred of Albatross. We also heard a whale singing as we had our hydrophone in. For photos of todays trip see our facebook page.