Moonshadow-TQC - Whale Watch Sightings

May 2018

Monday 28th May 2018

We have found an adult and juvenile Humpback Whale near Boulder Bay this morning, we have been cruising along following them as they traveled north bound, both whales spent a good amount of time on the surface. The count of seals on Cabbage Tree Island is now at eight.

Sunday 27th May 2018

What a stunning day for whale watching at Port Stephens! Perfect sea conditions for our morning whale watch cruise with very little breeze about. We have seen a small pod of two to three whales which may have been Minke Whales, but it was hard to get a good look at them. Towards Fingal Island we have spotted a mother Humpback Whales and a juvenile Humpback Whale. Passengers aboard MV Spirit have been treated to a spectacular array of wild life; large pod of Common Dolphins riding the bow wave of the vessel, a Hammerhead Shark feeding through a school of fish and an amazing double breach by a pair of Humpback Whales.

Saturday 26th May 2018

Beautiful day today. Our seals are back!!!!we saw 8 on Cabbage Tree Island, sunning themselves on the rocks..very exciting. On the 10-am cruise we found 2 lazy Humpbacks at Fingal Lighthouse, good surface time and a couple of tail lobs. 11-am cruise we saw a juvenile plus a mother and calf, again good surface time but not up for any tricks. 1.30pm cruise there were 3 Humpbacks, one was sleeping on the surface the entire time!!

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

The whales on our mornings cruise were a bit elusive, we saw just the one whale which was pretty intent on traveling on its way, just taking a few breaths before doing sounding dives. The afternoon cruise was fantastic, with three separate whales being spotted. Conditions were perfect for off shore cruising, with the sea being described by the crew as being like a bath, nice and glassy. One whale breached a number of times only slowing down as we approached. We were also joined by a hammerhead shark and a large pod of approx 30 dolphins that were mingling with the whales.

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

The whales on our mornings cruise were a bit elusive, we saw just the one whale which was pretty intent on traveling on its way, just taking a few breaths before doing sounding dives. The afternoon cruise was fantastic, with three separate whales being spotted. Conditions were perfect for off shore cruising, with the sea being described by the crew as being like a bath, nice and glassy. One whale breached a number of times only slowing down as we approached. We were also joined by a hammerhead shark and a large pod of approx 30 dolphins that were mingling with the whales.

Monday 21st May 2018

Hinchinbrook Explorer has headed due east out through the Tomaree Headland during this mornings whale watch cruise on this sunny Monday, we have spotted a lone Humpback Whale who has shown off with an impressive tail throw, the whale has come in quite close to the boat before continuing on its journey north bound. We have had an successful afternoon of whale watching, with two Humpback Whales near Fingal Island. Both whales were very active, with breaching, head lunges, tail and pec slaps entertaining our passengers onboard.

Sunday 20th May 2018

Lot’s to see today. We found two pods of whales near Fingal on our 10-am cruise,two whales in each pod. Stayed with two of the whales, they came quite close to the boat so we got a good look at them. Also saw two beautiful manta-rays swimming on the surface, lots of dolphins and a turtle!!!

Saturday 19th May 2018

Today is a lovely sunny day for our first scheduled whale watch cruise of the season !! We saw two whales on the 10-am cruise, an adult and a juvenile, both in a playful mood. Some head lunges and half breaches, about 40 bottlenose dolphin swimming around the whales.

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