Thursday 17th June 2010
We enjoyed the best whale watch of the season so far today, with 36 full breaches counted in a single cruise. This is a record for Imagine as the breaches were all from a single, young Humpback Whale. The champion humpback was travelling with 2 other whales and is estimated to be around 7 years old. The Humpback was spotted at the outer light house and constantly breached for over an hour until it reached Boondelbah Island 5kms north.
Another record for Imagine was in July 2006 when we observed over 76 breaches in one cruise but it was achieved by multiple pods of whales. During July 2007 we were breath taken when a pod of 5 whales repeatedly breached simultaneously! Luckily at the time, our cameraman friend and crew member Ray Alley was onboard to capture the unusual sight of the “Triple Breach” You can see this amazing display now on www.printzofwhales.com
Today Rick caught some amazing video footage of the 36 breaches and our guests could not have missed with their cameras! Leaving the whales after an hour of great entertainment, we then visited the colony of Australian fur seals on Cabbage Tree Island. We had a close encounter with a young female of around 80kg resting on a rock at the South Western side of the Island. We finally ended the cruise with a pod of Bottlenose dolphins engaged in amorous behaviour around ‘dolphin rock’ at the southern tip of Yaccabah headland. A great morning despite the cloudy sky and a bit of light rain!