24th June 2017

It was a bleak day on the water with a brisk SW wind. We headed east and spotted a breaching whale to our south. This turned out to be a single animal which was very active as we headed towards it with a number of breaches and head lunges. Unlike recent whales we have been seeing heading north, this Humpback was heading south! More whales could be see to the east, but with the wind we opted to stay closer to shore, heading into Bittangabee Bay for a look. A number of Albatross were sighted throughout the trip.

Near Saltwater we put the hydrophone in and heard some singing in the distance.

We also spotted a lone dolphins on the trip home.

23rd June 2017

This morning we came across two pods of whales – each with 3 Humpbacks heading north. There were a number of close encounters with one whale actually bumping the bow of Cat Balou!

Great singing was also heard when we put the hydrophone in.

A few Seals were also sighted including one hauled out on the Eden breakwall.

20th June 2017

Out on another Coastal Wilderness/Whale Search this morning and found a pod of 4 Humpbacks a mile outside Twofold Bay. This appeared to be a couple of males, in pursuit of an adult and yearling. They moved in close to the shore in the northern section of the Ben Boyd National Park.

The next whale sighted was a single sub adult motoring north. Shortly after another two were found. Great singing was heard via the hydrophone.

A large pod of Bottlenose Dolphins were seen off Cocora Beach including one of our old favourites ‘Hookey’.

These cruises will continue over the next week but bookings are essential.

19th June 2017

It was a perfect morning to be out on the water today and Cat Balou sighted two pods of Humpbacks a couple of miles off the coast at Eden.

We followed a pod of three as they slowly headed north and as we were leaving them put the hydrophone in and heard some amazing singing. Later we found another two, also heading north.

A few seals, Albatross and Little Penguins were also sighted.

15th June 2017

Today we celebrated our 30th anniversary from when we purchased Cat Balou. Where has the time gone!

We celebrated with a cruise, finding Bottlenose dolphins as we left the wharf area, a seal on the end of the breakwall and more off The Lookout.

Our first whale encounter was with a sub adult Humpbacks not far offshore near Leonard’s Island. This whale appeared to be resting, logging on the surface.

To the NE we could see more blows which turned out to be a pod of three – great whales with breaching, peduncle throws and a mugging (swimming right beside us). Several Albatross hovered around us and the whales were later seen interacting with Common dolphins. More seals were seen as we returned to port.

14th June 2017

This morning we spotted several pods of whales from shore, not far outside Twofold Bay.

Our first encounter was with a single sub adult near North Head who was later sighted with another 2 whales heading north. After watching these whales we headed further north which proved to be a good decision, finding a competition pod with 6 adults Humpbacks near Haycock Point. These provided good viewing for our passengers. Another pod of three were also in that area.

A great start to the season as we usually don’t see too many Humpbacks on their northern migration.

11th June 2017

Another successful whale search today finding a pod of 6 sub adult Humpbacks 8 miles east of Eden – nearly the same position as the whales seen yesterday. These were good whales to follow as they spent much time on the surface. At one stage we had one swim right under Cat Balou.

We stopped and put the hydrophone in and could hear a whale singing which is very special.

Another two pods could be seen in the general area.

We will continue to operate these cruises on selected mornings over June & July.

Sunday 4th June 2017

Over the past week a number of whales heading north have been observed from shore and we also sighted a Bryde’s whale in Twofold Bay last Tuesday.

This morning we could see at least 7 pods at around 8.30am – some just outside Twofold Bay and more further out. We headed out for a look at 10am and found a pod of 4 Humpbacks 7 miles east of the Eden Lookout – our first close encounter since last November!  We followed this pod for 45 minutes as they headed north. Another pod of 2 were also seen as we cruised home. A pod of Bottlenose dolphins were seen as we finished the cruise.

Over the June long weekend we hope to do several Coastal Wilderness/Whale Search cruises. Phone for details. 0427 962027