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Whale Sightings

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3 hours ago

The past two days we have enjoyed some incredible sea conditions and bright sunny weather to view our Humpback friends, and it's starting to get even more exciting out there! We've started to see the first few pods of whales now on their Southern migration. Heading back to the Antarctic waters. Which means we have whales swimming in both directions along the coast! We even had sighting of one of this year's new calves!

There's never a better time to join us for a cruise and we will be out every day leaving from Circular Quay!
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Can't wait to join you again on saturday! And happy world Whale and Dolphin day today!

2 days ago

An absolutely stunning morning for us today, with lots of life out on the ocean! Including some very new life. We headed out and found two large whales escorting a young calf along the coast 😍 We gave the pod some extra space so not to disturb the young whale, and were treated to a display of huge and powerful tail throws!

As we approached the Harbour entrance we spotted a large bait ball that bought the Dolphins and Seals out to play! A perfect morning!
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3 days ago

Wow, what a morning on our Discovery cruise!

The first amazing image belongs to one of our other photographers - Adam

As we left Sydney Harbor this morning we decided to explore down south and spotted a very active whale a few kilometres off Maroubra beach.
We decided to stay with this humpback whale for quite some time as it was putting on a huge performance, showing us breaches, tail slaps and lots of head lunges!

On the way back, we decided to say hello to the seal colony and saw many seals sunbaking on the rocks, even some of them diving off the rocks into the water!

Hope to see you out there soon!
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4 days ago

No matter what kind of day it is - nothing stops our humpback friends from having a crash and bash in the waves! 🐋

What you can see in the second image is the 2 pectoral fins of a humpback whale with its belly facing to the sky, all the while slapping its pectoral fins on the surface of the water making a huge racket for us onlookers nearby to enjoy.

Hope to see you you there soon, folks!
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After the sea conditions stopped us from heading out yesterday, we were excited to get back out on the Tasman Sea today, and it did not disappoint! Our Express cruises were even treated to some very close encounters with a pod of 4 whales that gave us an inquisitive visit before heading on with their journey. We had big fluke up dives and lots of massive blows from all pods out on the water.  Some amazing whale behaviours that make these trips so special. 🐋

Its great time of year to be out here and we cant wait for you to join us!Image attachmentImage attachment
5 days ago

After the sea conditions stopped us from heading out yesterday, we were excited to get back out on the Tasman Sea today, and it did not disappoint! Our Express cruises were even treated to some very close encounters with a pod of 4 whales that gave us an inquisitive visit before heading on with their journey. We had big fluke up dives and lots of massive blows from all pods out on the water. Some amazing whale behaviours that make these trips so special. 🐋

Its great time of year to be out here and we cant wait for you to join us!
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Tail Slap Tuesdays!

We had a great day on the water today, with the highlight definitely being a few massive tail throws from one whale on our afternoon cruise!

Humpback Whales have one of the largest and most powerful muscles in the animal kingdom, the Peduncle muscle. Its the muscle that connect the fluke to the body of the whale. Throwing their tails around like this requires an extraordinary amount of strength and we were treated to a perfect display of it today!Image attachment
1 week ago

Tail Slap Tuesdays!

We had a great day on the water today, with the highlight definitely being a few massive tail throws from one whale on our afternoon cruise!

Humpback Whales have one of the largest and most powerful muscles in the animal kingdom, the Peduncle muscle. It's the muscle that connect the fluke to the body of the whale. Throwing their tails around like this requires an extraordinary amount of strength and we were treated to a perfect display of it today!
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1 week ago

Party time on the Humpback Highway today!

Breaches on all three Express Cruises today with a wild show to finish the day. One whale breaching over and over again for us! So many breaches that we lost count! We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!
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2 weeks ago

Had another stunner of a day on the humpback highway today! 🐋

We had our Discovery & Express cruises running today with everyone left in awe at the whales breaching and shooting out of the surface of the water like torpedoes! The crash and the loud clap sound that comes after a witnessed breach just concludes the whole experience beautifully.

We came across numerous active pods throughout the day today, as seen in the images. We were treated with breaching, tail slapping and humpbacks swimming up to the vessel having a quick peak at us!
The whale's antics was welcomed chaos by us onlookers as we were left shaking with excitement after the show!

Hope to see you out there soon!
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They are gorgeous creatures 💕💖💞

Are there cruises where you don't get to see the whales?

fabulous photos!

Until when is the whale watching season?

Mark Yule

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2 weeks ago

Two beautiful cruises today with some very close whales. Our first Discovery Cruise spent the trip following a calm and close pod of two with some great surface times. The second cruise had the excitement of several pods and some very close encounters with amazing behaviours all around the boat.

We'll be out again tomorrow with our cruises running from Darling Harbour and Circular Quay, we cant wait for you to join us!
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