Sunday October 5, 2014

Whales, whales & more whales! On the morning trip there was a constant flow of Humpbacks a couple of miles off the coast. We had one who gave a great pec slapping display, a competition pod and some close encounters. There were so many Albatross flying around near the whales. The hydrophone picked up a brilliant singing whale. At the breakwall on the way home we picked up Bottlenose Dolphins and saw a couple of Australian Fur Seals.
The Family Whale Watch later in the day found a mother and very active calf near South Head. The calf gave a perfect breach and tail slapped for the 45 minutes we spent with them. Another mother/calf pod later affiliated with them.

Saturday October 4, 2014

CAT BALOU began the day sighting an active calf accompanied by the mother & an escort. Several spectacular breaches from the calf along with peduncle throws & tails kept passengers happy. With a freshening NE wind we left these whales & headed north finding another mother, calf & escort near North Head.
The second trip saw conditions deteriorate as the wind freshened. We sighted a shy mother/calf pod in North Bay and later two sub adults east of North Head.

Friday October 3, 2014

Within minutes of departing on our 8am cruise we had spotted whales in Twofold Bay. Near South Head we had a mother, calf & yearling. The calf was playful with tail slapping & peduncle throws. We followed them around South Head and were later rewarded with breaches & head lunges. An Albatross was seen feeding on a cuttlefish. More whales were spotted offshore later in the morning.
The second trip made us work hard to find whales but we had a magnificent breach from one of the adults and some close encounters. The hydrophone picked up very clear singing. As we headed north we picked up Common Dolphins.

Thursday October 2, 2014

After cancelling cruises yesterday due to the gale force winds, CAT BALOU was back whale watching three times today in perfect conditions. We saw whales in all shapes & sizes from very small calves to massive mothers who resembled submarines. and all cruises had some very close encounters with these giants of the deep. On our last trip we were beside a very vocal whale when the hydrophone was put in with incredible singing heard.

Wednesday October 1, 2014

Why isn’t Cat Balou out whale watching today? Marine Rescue reports that the wind is blowing 50 knots form the SW! There are whales in Twofold Bay revelling in the windy conditions and the Rotary Park Lookout is the best place to whale watch today.

Tuesday September 30, 2014

The ‘Humpback Highway’ was again busy at Eden today with Cat Balou sighting many pods of whales on their three trips. Conditions on the water were excellent and we had some close encounters from some pods. Excellent singing was also heard on two of the trips. From all reports we had very happy & satisfied customers.

Monday September 29, 2014

The weather tested us out today as there was still a swell from the NE from yesterday with a SW change early this morning. We had seen whales from shore before leaving and caught up with a mother, calf & escort between South Head & Murwaree. We had some close encounters plus a few peduncle throws & a semi breach from the calf and we watched them for over half an hour. We later headed south & sighted two pods who were not spending time on the surface but gave a few flukes.  Heading north we spotted a few blows but again these whales were rather elusive.  As this was not one of our better trips all customers were offered a return free cruise. We attempted a second trip but the weather beat us with a strong southerly breeze & we returned to port & refunded customers.

Sunday September 28, 2014

Once again there was no shortage of whales off the coast at Eden today. CAT BALOU on the morning trip watched several pods with some pec slapping, two whales giving a great tail slapping display, a couple of breaches and also a competition pod of 6 -8 animals. Faint singing was heard on the hydrophone. We picked up a few Common dolphins on the return trip. With the NE wind freshening we cancelled the later trip.

Saturday September 27, 2014

It was a stunning day on the water – lots of sunshine & no wind. CAT BALOU was kept busy with three whale watching cruises. We witnessed pec slapping, spy hopping, head lunging tail slapping & peduncle throws from numerous whales we encountered. On the second trip we resighted the mother/calf pod we had seen in Twofold Bay yessterday. On the first & last trip we heard brilliant singing throught the hydrophone. Bottlenose dolphins were sighted off Aslings Beach on the first two trips.

Friday September 26,

The ocean off the coast at Eden today was alive with sealife. Too many whales to count, hundreds of Common dolphins, seals, Shearwaters and Gannets. Wherever we looked whales appeared!. The first trip also saw Bottlenose dolphins in Honeysuckle Bay and a mother & calf right in Twofold Bay with a very close encounter with this pair to end the morning trip.