The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale.
One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12-16 metres (39-52 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...
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.
We are lucky enough to witness one of the longest whale migrations in the world off the coast of Sydney.
Humpback Whales are the most watched species for us with about 20.000 animals passing Sydney each year.
In May Humpback Whales begin passing by Sydney on their Northern Migration coming from antarctic waters in the south.
By early August these whales have moved onto their breeding grounds up north around the equator. On the northern Migration we see a lot of breaching whales and active males showing their dominance to impress females for mating.
July and September
From July to September we have occacional sightings of Southern Right Whales. These whales are not seen as often as Humpbacks which we see on almost every cruise.
Southern Right Whales are similar in size, but dont follow a yearly migration like the Humpback Whales. In September we also have the first whales on their way south again. A very interesting time of year with whales going both ways!
August - December
Mid to late August to the beginning of December the whales are now all swimming south and we start seeing mothers with their newborn calves.
They tend to spend more time on surface and swim slower (so that the calf can keep up!) although occasionally we will see some long down times. This part of the season is best for Muggings were the whales will come up close to the boat and investigate us!
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