Port Stephens has had so many great days of Whale Watching over the past few weeks.
The sun has been shining, days are feeling like summer is on the way and the Humpback Whales are still on their North Mirgration, and some fast whales have been spotted heading south already. Last week we have seen some new born calves travelling with their mums already, one believed to be only hours old. The calves routine mainly consists of drinking around 300 – 400 litres of milk per day and then……..
We have also been delighted to spot a pod of 60 False Killer Whales Travelling North on Wednesday, and also a Southern Right Whale on fridays cruise. This is a rare sighting as this robust whale is a slow swimmer and therefore was easily hunted, they are now still critically endangered, they can grow to approx 18m and weigh up to 80tonnes, with only 1.5% of the total whale population being Southern Right Whales.
Common Dolphins are becoming a regular occurance nearly every trip and they are quite often sharing fish with huge flocks of seabirds like; Yellow – nosed & Sooty Albatross, Australasian Gannetts, Shearwaters and Giant Petrels! This is a great sign for interaction on the upcoming Dolphin Swims!
Starting back on Sept 28th…
Each week with the water becoming warmer we wonder when the last sightings of the Australian Fur Seals will be? All we know is that for the time being they are loving the sun drenched rocky platforms of Cabbage Tree Island and the little pups are becoming more playful every day.