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.

Wednesday 4th October 2017

Our first sighting this morning was a mother & calf Bryde’s whale in Twofold Bay. After leaving them we headed east finding a few quiet pods of adults. Strangely no mother/calf pods were sighted today.

Near Leonard’s Island a single sub adult spent time on the surface pec slapping and one spectacular breach.

The later trip found a competition/heat pod near North Head with at least six adults heading south at 10 knots.

Dolphins were sighted on both trips.

Tuesday 3rd September 2017

Cat Balou had an amazing day today. Perfect weather throughout the day for three cruises.

We were with our first pod within minutes of leaving the Eden Wharf – a mother and calf with breaches from both animals, followed by mum tail slapping continuously for 10 minutes.

More whales were seen as we headed south and we witnessed another spectacular display from a mother and calf with the calf breaching 80 times while mum tail slapped. Back in Twofold Bay we found a mother & calf Bryde’s whale and close by the first mother & calf who gave an energetic tail slapping & breaching display.

The second and third trips again sighted this pair who were still active with more breaching and tail slapping.

Monday 2nd September 2017

Another great day on the water with Cat Balou sighting 14 mother/calf pods at close range during the two cruises. All whales were either in or just outside Twofold Bay.

On the early trip we found a pod of three adults who were good to watch, spending plenty of time on the surface. Common Dolphins were also seen

The hydrophone picked up a singing whale on the last trip.