Sunday 15th October 2017

Whale watching doesn’t get much better than what Cat Balou passengers experienced today. Calm seas with lots of sunshine and so many mothers and calves seen on both trips – many inside Twofold Bay.

The morning trip were with whales within minutes of leaving the Eden wharf with a mother & calf breaching a number of times before mum gave an awesome tail slapping display.

More action on the afternoon trip with lots of tail slapping and brilliant singing heard.

Saturday 14th October 2017

A sensational calm, sunny day on the water today.

Cat Balou rounded North Head and spotted at least 6 pods of whales towards Leonard’s Island. Most of these whales decided that it was not time to play although we spotted a calf breach several times but not at close range. Later we saw activity to the east and headed towards a pod of two pec and tail slapping. These turned out to be great whales with an awesome display of pec slapping right beside Cat Balou. Very clear singing was also recorded vis the hydrophone.

The later trip found several active mother/calf pods with lots of breaching from the calves.

12th October 2017

A windy start to the day with a gusty SW change early in the morning.

We put our departure back a couple of hours until the wind had abated. Quite a few pods of Humpbacks were seen in the bay before we left and it wasn’t long before we were with whales. Some of the highlights of the trip was viewing a competition pod of 5 adults and later a calf who breached numerous times. 6 other mother/calf pods were also seen.

Wednesday 11th October 2017

Early this morning we sighted 4 pods of whales within Twofold Bay before we departed.

Heading to the southern side of the bay we found two mother/calf pods frolicking near South Head. Both mothers were massive!  We followed them south with a number of breaches from the calves. Nearby another two mother/calf pods plus an escort also provided food viewing for passengers. Another couple of pods were also close by.

Back in Twofold Bay we found another two pods with the whales only metres from the shore near Honeysuckle Bay.

The coach group on a later bay cruisesalso got to see a mother, calf & escort near the chipmill wharf.

Tuesday 10th October 2017

It was a stunning day on the water after a SW change overnight.

The water was like glass on the first whale watch and we found several mother/calf pods on the southern side of Twofold Bay, including a mother & calf Bryde’s whale. Dolphins and Australasian Gannets provided entertainment in a feeding frenzy on several bait balls. One of the calves breached several times. We also picked up whale singing through the hydrophone.

The second trip found one of the earlier mother/calf pods with the calf going crazy with too many breaches to count. The mother had a distinctive white fluke, making her easy to recognize.

A coach group doing our Twofold Bay Highlights cruise later were also fortunate to resight this same mother & calf near South Head.

 

Monday 10th October 2017

Conditions we not the best for whale watching as we departed today with a sloppy SE/E swell.

We headed south not finding any whales but as we headed north we came across two adults with some pec slapping however they had long down times. Dolphins however kept passengers amused.

We opted to head further north finding a mother & calf between North Head & Leonard’s Island. This quiet pair headed south but after 45 minutes decided it was time to play and what a great show we got from both animals with numerous tail slaps and peduncle throws.

Bottlenose Dolphins we also seen as we rounded the breakwall.

Sunday 8th October 2017

What a morning!

With a freshening NE wind (our worst) we were hoping to find whales early in the cruise and this is exactly what happened. Just after leaving the Eden Wharf we spotted a breaching calf on the southern side of Twofold Bay. As we approached we discovered two mother/calf pods with very playful calves with too many breaches to count. They slowly headed around South Head and in the same area we found another three pods. One mother breached at close range several times, showing just how big the Humpback whales are.

Back in Twofold Bay we found a large pod of Bottlenose Dolphins swimming along Aslings Beach.

Afternoon cruise was cancelled due to the strong NE.

7th October 2017

It was a grey day on the water today making conditions difficult for spotting whales. The morning cruise spotted some active whales several miles east of Leatherjacket Bay and we ended up out there with 5 friendly Humpbacks who mugged us for almost an hour. Later in the trip we found 2 Bryde’s whales, plus a mother & calf Humpback at North Head.

There was also plenty of action with dolphins, seals and Australasian Gannets in feeding frenzies on bait fish. Many Albatross were also seen throughout the trip.

On our second cruise we found 2 Bryde’s whales off North Head, along with many dolphins, seals and Gannets. It took a while to find some Humpbacks but we ended up having a lot of fun with a friendly sub adult who mugged Cat Balou.

Friday 6th October 2017

This morning we spotted 4 Humpbacks. A mother & calf cruised close to Cat Balou several miles east of North Head. With a freshening SW wind we headed close to shore finding another 2 adults heading south.

Lots of Common Dolphins were sighted throughout the trip along with a few seals, lots of Australasian Gannets and Albatross.

Thursday 5th October 2017

Today began with Cat Balou sighting a pod of 6 adults just outside Twofold Bay. This comp/heat pod were moving south quickly so we left them after 20 minutes and headed north, picking up a pod of Common Dolphins.

Near North Head we found a mother & calf close to shore with the calf breaching several times. They were later joined by another mother, calf & escort. Some very close encounters with these whales plus a few more breaches. Great whales to watch.

The second trip found two more mother/calf pods in Twofold Bay and again we had fun with dolphins.

A coach group on a Twofold Bay cruise later in the day also received a bonus, sighting a mother & calf near South Head.