27 May 2021
Sun was shining and weather was sweet; the crew onboard were ready to cruise offshore for the morning Whale watching cruise. The morning started with a variety of sea birds that put on an acrobatic show and before long we had a huge pod of common dolphins that enjoyed bow riding off MV Spirit of Port.
Common Dolphins are slightly different to the Estuarine Bottlenose dolphins inside the bay, so it is a treat to be able to show our passengers the difference. The biggest difference between the two species is the pod size and the locations of inhabitants. Common Dolphins travel in open waters and in larger groups and can have up to 100 in 1 pod and Estuarine bottlenose dolphins love to live in estuaries and bays and pod sizes can be 2 to 12. Unfortunately, the crew didn’t get to see a whale on the morning cruise but passengers reported they had an amazing time.
Determined to get a sighting, the crew head off for the afternoon cruise and not long past Tomaree headland they spotted 2 Humpback whales heading North just of Fingal Island. These 2 were loving the attention and even surfaced 20metres off the boat giving the crew and passengers a spectacular view. Really enjoying the boats company, the duo spent a lot of time on the surface which made for a great cruise all round.