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24 July 2022

Whale Watching Moonshadow TQC Cruises Port Stephens

The boys have been trying to impress the ladies this morning! Our crew have caught up with two pods of Humpback Whales, each pod having two whales in each. We have observed the whales becoming quite fast paced and active with a heat run, which occurs when the males whales are trying to court the females and show off their best side. At times the whales have approached the vessel within 100 meters giving all of our passengers a great view. We spent approx 30 minutes with the two pods with all whales spending a good amount of time on the surface of the water and showing off their beautiful tail flukes as they dove beneath the surface of the water.

As we moved on from the whales we have cruised onto Cabbage Tree Island. Today’s count was 12 seals resting on the rocks. It is hard to imagine how a seal manages to haul themselves up to the highest vantage, but somehow a few of the seals could be seen near to the tree line of the island.

Our afternoon whale watch cruise passengers have enjoyed time spent with two pods each consisting of two Humpback Whales who have been joined by a large pod of dolphins. There was lots of action with the dolphins leaping and jumping out of the water, with the dolphins possibly feeding on fish. The whales were diving for up to 12 minutes at a time, but the dolphins were an added bonus.

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