The Whale Watching Week that Wasn’t!

Did anyone notice the weather this Last week..?

With Large Long Swell still remaining, we expect the Whales to be more active, as we noticed in these conditions the Whales like to breach. Intermittent Rain is not a problem at all on board Imagine, with its Covered Foredeck and Aftdeck. We have sea jackets, blankets and warm drinks to warm your spirit! If you prefer calm conditions Thursday is the pick of the week.

The Nelson Bay Whale Watching cruise boats were tucked up in the safety of their docks for most of last week as the Port Stephens coast played host to some extreme weather conditions, with hectic winds, and large swells… But do not despair…!

Heres a screen shot from a weather site today that shows the weather is easing as the week progresses, Imagine did set sail today after three days of being stuck on dock, As the huge swell and seas and strong winds have started to ease. Although we must keep our fingers crossed that the Sun decides to stay out, and the forecast for the beginning of next week changes so we dont have a repeat offender like last week!

What do Whales and Dolphins do in bad weather?

Many people wonder what happens to the Whales and Dolphins when the seas are rough..? Well the short answer is not to much at all! Like most animals, Humpback Whales and Dolphins are very well adjusted to their climate. The Humpbacks spend half of the year in the freezing waters of the Antarctic which makes them fairly comfortable in the wind and rain. Both Dolphins and Whales are born with and then continue to grow a warm layer of fat to protect them from the cold water. However I do suspect that like myself they do prefer the warm sunshine.

This week while most people were snuggled up in doors staying dry, the Humpback Whales would have continued their northern migration past Port Stephens. When the swell is larger, it is not uncommon to see the Humpbacks having a bit of a surf in the swell to help them along! The sightings before this rough weather week have been excellent and in this week to come we are sure the sightings will be great!

Dont forget Imagine has two 3hour Whale + Dolphin Watch Cruises each day, 10:30am and a 2pm departure. And July is still the peak time for the North Migration…


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