Cat Balou had two successful whale watching cruises today. The morning trip began with a mother & calf in Twofold Bay who we observed logging on the surface, giving passengers a chance to see just how big they are. The mother gave some wonderful slow flukes. We left them and headed south finding a pod of two adults and nearby another mother & calf. These whales affiliated and it turned into a competition pod. Heading north we passed a quiet mother & calf and off The Pinnacles a pod pod five with the calf breaching several times. As we headed home we found more whales with an active calf tail slapping.
With a quick turn around we headed back to where we has seen the last pod and had an amazing encounter with the mother & calf. The calf breached too many times to count! Mum did peduncle throws & they were joined by another mother/calf pod with one mother head lunging a number of times. As we were leaving we witnessed one of the adults breaching at close range.