2nd October 2020
What a perfect day for whale watching at Port Stephens with very light breezes, and calm seas and beautiful sunshine! The Hinchinbrook Explorer has headed straight off shore for the morning cruise to find two large Humpback Whales, with a mother and escort traveling south bound with a calf. All whales were quite active, playfully rolling on the surface of the water, and slapping their tails and fins on the water.
We have then continued on towards Cabbage Tree Island to say hello to approx ten seals that were basking in the sun on the rocks.
For our passengers on the 11am whale watch cruise MV Spirit, the first whale of the morning was a mother and calf spotted just outside the head. This pair of whales was traveling a little bit in circles, diving for long periods of time and have been very quiet. We have moved on from this pair, and spotted a pod of four Humpback Whales heading north bound (just a little late in the season to be heading to QLD). This pod was very active, and chasing each other around. The whales have approached the vessel, giving all passengers onboard a close encounter with a pod of whales. We have also spotted a small pod of Off Shore Common Dolphins.
The Captain aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised half way towards Broughton Island in a water depth of 75 meters. We have found at least two pods of Humpback Whales, with at least eight adults and one calf. The whales have been very active, looking like a chasing pod being very competitive with the males vying for the attention of the females in the pod. At one stage the vessel has been surrounded on both sides with the whales coming in nice and close.
We have also been joined by a huge pod of Off Shore Common Dolphins that have jumped on the pressure wave at the bow of the Hinchinbrook Explorer. It is an amazing sight to watch the speed of the dolphins.
As coming back in through the heads we have scored the trifecta with a pod of local Port Stephens Bottlenose Dolphins.