Tuesday 3rd November 2015

It was a grey day on the water but conditions were calm. Cat Balou found a pod of 2 adults who were not wasting time heading to Antarctica and later had a number of close encounters from a pod of four adults. Later a mother & calf were seen near Leonard’s Island with a few peduncle throws from the calf.
Common dolphins provided entertainment on several occasions. Passengers also enjoyed watching a Sea Eagle hover above Cat Balou.

We also heard singing when we put the hydrophone in.
Coach groups on two later bay cruises also sighed mother/calf pods and Bottlenose dolphins.

Monday 2nd November 2015

The Humpback Highway was in full swing today with numerous pods sighted by Cat Balou on their three whale watching cruises today. A number of mother/calf pods were sighted along with several pods of adults. Active calves were sighted on the later two trips with numerous breaches.

Clear singing was heard on the first trip with a vocal whale in close proximity to Cat Balou. Passengers on that trip also encountered Common Dolphins.

Sunday 1st November 2015

Conditions were far from perfect today with rough conditions from the NE wind yesterday. All passengers were given the opportunity to cancel, however most opted to go ahead with the cruises.

We saw whales on both trips but unfortunately they were not in a playful mood. Common Dolphins were a highlight of the morning trip as they raced beside Cat Balou.

Saturday 31st October 2015

Conditions on the water were testing today with the dreaded NE wind picking up early.
The early cruise had plenty of action with two adult Humpbacks just outside Twofold Bay with them entertaining passengers for over an hour with numerous breaches, pec & tail slapping.

We attempted the second trip, however conditions had deteriorated and although we could see breaching whales a mile outside the heads it was not in the best interest for comfort and safety of our passengers to get to them. We returned to port and all passengers refunded in full.

WEDNESDAY 28 th October 2015

Cat Balou got off to a good start this morning finding a large pod of Bottlenose Dolphins near the Eden breakwall. It took a while to find our first whales but caught up with a mother & calf near Leonard’s Island. This pod gave us some close encounters.

We later headed east and joined Sensational watching a super pod of adults. We managed to get fluke photos from 9 different animals. Several whales had very distinctive flukes. Two pods of Common dolphins were also seen making an excellent mornings viewing.

A coach group from Maitland on a Twofold Bay lunch cruise received ad added bonus watching an active calf pedunle throwing with the mother pec slapping in Twofold Bay. Bottlenose dolphins were also seen.

Tuesday 27th October 2015

Cat Balou sighted 5 mother/calf pods on this mornings cruise. We had some close encounters and action from a couple of the whales.

Common dolphins were also sighted along with many Albatross.
One of our coach groups on a Twofold Bay Cruise received a bonus with a mother & calf seen on the southern side of the bay with the calf breaching

Monday 26th October 2015

Conditions were not the best for whale watching today with overcast skies and a moderate easterly swell.

The first whale we found was spending long down times so we headed north picking up a pod of Common Dolphins. Near Leonard’s Island we encountered 4 mother/calf pods with two pods affiliating for a while.

Another pod was seen back in Twofold Bay.

Saturday 24th October 2015

The Pinnacles in the Ben Boyd National Park provided the perfect backdrop for photos this morning as the mother/calf pods provided excellent viewing for Cat Balou passengers.

We witnessed some great tail slapping and breaches as the four frolicked close to shore. Some clear singing was heard through the hydrophone. Common Dolphins were also seen.

The second trip also saw some great breaching by a calf in Twofold Bay as it headed south with the mother & escort. Near South Head we found one of the mother/calf pods seen this morning, still in a playful mood.

Friday 23rd October 2015

After cancelling whale watching cruises yesterday due to the weather, Cat Balou was back on the water today.

A number of pods were sighted throughout the trip, however the whales were not playful until the last pod when we were able to watch a breaching calf and the mother do a head lunge.

Beautiful singing was heard when we put the hydrophone in.

There were a lot of Common Dolphins and seals sighted throughout the morning.