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7th July 2020

Passengers aboard the MV Spirit has spent time viewing a pod of three to four whales that soon increased to be five or six whales. All whales were chasing one another, trying to show their dominance within the pod with head lunges and a couple of nice breaches.

As the Hinchinbrook Explorer has cruised towards the Fingal Island Lighthouse they have picked up a pod of three Humpback Whales just north of the island. The whales have approached close into the vessel on occasion and spent a good amount of time on the surface of the water. We were also able to see very distant breaching whales in the direction of Broughton Island, we even had a sneaky whale breaching within only 50 metres from the starboard bow.

Two pods of two Humpback Whales have proved a little hard to track during the morning whale watch cruise aboard the MV Spirit of Port Stephens. Both pods were traveling very fast at close to 10 knots.

We are also sighting a number of different birds during our morning cruises, with eagles, albatross and Sooty Oyster Catchers making an appearance today.

During our afternoon cruise aboard the MV Spirit we have joined a pod of six whales close to Fingal Island and followed along side towards Little Island. The whales spent a good amount of time on the surface of the water, with some chasing activity occurring within the pod. We can also see distant breaching and pec slapping action in the distance.

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