The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale.
One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 1216 metres (3952 ft) and weigh approximately
36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and
a knobbly head. An acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals.
Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi)
each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed
and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. Their diet consists
mostly of krill and small fish. Continue reading on wikipedia...
Since 2007, we have been working with Prof Robert Harcourt and Megan Kessler at Macquarie University on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded grant to investigate the effectiveness of the current Australian whale watching guidelines.
The Great Migration
Humpback Whales travel thousands of kilometres from early May to Late November, between their winter breeding ground to their summer feeding ground along the East Coast of Australia. Sydney has one of the longest whale migrations in the world.
Humpback Whales we see on almost every trip. They are the main species of whale migrating past the coast of Sydney from May to December.
There is a 50/50 chance to see dolphins on your cruise with us. The most common species are Bottlenose Dolphins and Common Pacific Dolphins.
Southern Right Whale
We get to see Southern Right Whales around 4-5 times a season. They don't migrate like the humpback whale does and there are not as many.
A very rare visitor to the shores of Sydney. We only saw one in the last 6 years. With up to 35m long it is the largest animal to have ever lived on our planet.
Minke Whales are a little bit smaller than Humpback Whales and very elusive. They don't like to be watched making for tricky whale watching.
Also known as Killers Whales. Also a rare visitor with 2 sightings over the last 5 years. Easy to identify with a dorsal fin measuring more than 2m tall.
Often seen relaxing on the surface soaking in the sun. Not afraid to interact with the whales at times, too.
We get Many species of Albatross (mostly Black Brow and Yellow Nose), Gannets, Shear Waters, Terns, Petrels
Every once in a while we come across something we don't usually get: Sharks, False Killer Whales, Pilot Whales, Sun Fish, Rays, Turtles