Strong winds forced us to cancel our last whale watching cruise for the season today with gusts of up to 40 knots recorded at Greencape.
It has been an amazing season with whales arriving very early and some spectacular days with active Humpbacks.
I was wonderful catching up with many of our addicted whale watchers who visit each year, plus many new customers and we look forward to a great 2016 season.
Cat Balou sighted a mother & calf very close to the rocks at Mowarry this morning. The calf was playing with a pod of Bottlenose dolphins. We followed this pair southwards with close encounters.
After doing a loop into Bittangabee Bay we picked up the same whales who were only metres off the coast.
Near South Head we found another two mother calf pods with some energetic tail slapping by one of the adults.
Cat Balou sighted three adults Humpbacks east of South Head this morning with some close encounters from this trio.
We later picked up two Bryde’s whales off The Pinnacles who were zig zagging around,and appeared to be looking for food.
There were a number of Common Dolphins with these two whales
We found whales early into our cruise this morning with a pod of 2 adults sighted near North Head, Eden. We followed this pair south to Leatherjacket Bay and saw surface activity including peduncle throwsMonday 16th November 2015
Today we kept the best until last watching a super active mother & calf pod breach non stop for 35 minutes!
Earlier we struggled finding whales. We sighted two off The Pinnacles which surfaced several times before disappearing- (very frustrating). We headed north without sighing any more and joined Sensational watching a mother & calf off Tura. This calf breached a number of times and as we left them picked up a pod of Common Dolphins as well as a raft of Fur Seals.
It was a good day to be on the water and passengers got an extended cruise and enjoyed seeing both the southern & northern sections of the Ben Boyd National Park
Cat Balou sighted three mother/calf pods this morning. The second pod was active we approached with both animals breaching.
Very few seabirds we seen throughout the trip which was rather unusual. Bottlenose dolphins were found back in Twofold Bay.
After cancelling cruises the past two days due to bad weather, Cat Balou was back out today.
We found a pod of two adults near North Head which we followed for 45 minutes. These were fairly quiet as the headed south when all of a sudden they came to life with an awesome tail slapping display. Two more pods, each 2 adults were seen nearby and they eventually affiliated to form a pod of 6.
Common Dolphins were seen throughout the trip along with a number of Albatross, Shearwaters and a beautiful Sea Eagle
It was a struggle to find whales this morning, however we encountered several pods of Common Dolphins and seals as we headed north.
We finally found two whales which we believe were Bryde’s but were hard to track. Later we found two pods of Humpbacks off The Pinnacles. One pod was two adults and the other a mother & calf with the calf having unusual markings. More dolphins were also sighted as we returned to port.