Today was our last whale watching cruise for 2016 and the whales didn’t disappoint.
The weather tested us with low visibility and showers and we travelled for an hour before finding an active mother & calf breaching off Haycock Point. We followed this pair for over an hour with the calf spy hopping and rolling around close to Cat Balou. A pod of Common dolphins were also found as we watched the whales and delighted passengers as they raced in front & behind the boat.
What an amazing season this has been with more mothers & calves seen than ever before in our 27 whale watching seasons at Eden. We also managed to have a 100% success rate in sighting whales this season!
It has been wonderful catching up with many of our regular whale watchers who visit Eden each season to come whale watching with us and to make new friends this season.
If we have Cat Balou next season we look forward to doing it all again!
Today we found a mother & calf in Calle Calle Bay, not long after leaving on our cruise. This was a quiet pair who were cruising around and still in the same place later in the morning.
We covered an area from North Head to The Pinnacles, spotting Bottlenose Dolphins but didn’t find any more whales. As we headed back to Twofold Bay we found two pods of Common Dolphins who were great to watch.
We will not be whale watching for the next two days as we have charters with the cruise ship and coaches, but plan to do what will probably our last whale watching cruise for this year on Wednesday.
This morning we caught up with two mothers & calves on the southern side of Twofold Bay with one of the calves breaching several times. We spotted more whales to the north and found another two pods near North Head. One calf had prop marks on its body.
During the trip we also spotted the remains of a dead calf near Leonard’s Island.
Another highlight was seeing the cruise ship Maasdam entering Twofold Bay as whales breached near her as she entered the heads.
We found our first whales in Twofold Bay this morning, a mother & calf which we followed to South Head with some wonderful close encounters with the whales swimming under Cat Balou a couple of times.
Two more mother/calf pods were found a bit to the south, along with a large pod of Common dolphins. We saw one calf breach twice before we cruised to Saltwater, showing passengers the stunning coastline of the southern section of the Ben Boyd National Park.
As we headed north we resighted a mother & calf with the calf performing a number of breaches & tail slapping. A sleeping pod was seen close to shore and another pod just inside Twofold Bay.
Within minutes of departing this morning we had found a mother & calf only a couple of hundred metres off the Eden Lookout.
Although the whales weren’t in a playful mood today we managed to see 4 pods at close range and had a number of close encounters from a friendly calf. Its mother had a very unique fluke with many Killer whale rake marks on it.
Common dolphins were found near Leatherjacket Bay and again later in the trip, providing great photo opportunities as they raced beside Cat Balou.
A couple of miles off Leonard’s Island we found lots of Albatross both resting on the ocean & flying around. A Sea Eagle was also sighted.
With a fresh SW wind this morning we kept an eye on the forecast, but managed to see several pods of whales close to the coast and arrived back at the Eden wharf before the wind freshened.
We had some close encounters to one mother & calf and the highlight was breaches from another pod when both mother & calf exploded from the ocean several times. Several other pods were quiet, possibly from a report that 2 Killer Whales were sighted early this morning close to the Eden Lookout.
A beautiful rainbow engulfed Eden & Boyd’s Tower early in the cruise. (See our facebook pics)