Although we had a slow start to the whale cruise by the time we were heading home we had seen over 30 young humpbacks whales. At one point we must have had about 20 whales with in 1 square km of the boat. Some breaching but always just out of range of the camera even with a 80-400mm lens.
We head out of Princess Royal Harbour as as we head towards Breaksea Island but because of the strengthening NE winds, up on the fly bridge of the Silver Star II, we are getting covered with salt spray at times. So I change course to head straight into the wind. With intentions to tack and to then head to Breaksea Island.
As we get closer to Herald Reef the less I want to tack and then we spot blows off in the distance. The blows are several km away and we have a thought tha
June 16th Whale Report We head out across King George Sound after a mate has phoned to tell me he is on the Belches and he has just had 20 plus whales swim past him. We will not get there in time so we keep out eyes peeled as we head towards Bauld Head.
We find several pods of Humpbacks whales heading west as we get to the "Humpback Highway" I comment to the group of photographers laden down with at least 2 canon cameras each (No account for some peoples choice of camera) :)
June 14th Whale Report
With light showers forecast we depart the marina. The misty rain will limit visibility but we have plenty of undercover area and we enjoy a hot drink as we cruise across King George Sound.
I spot a foot print (a calm patch of water caused by a whales tail as it travels close to the surface) about ¾ of the way across the Sound. It is a very small humpback whales but it is not spending any time on the surface, so we head further out.
We spot a breach a
June 13th Whale Report.
We travel through King George Sound cruising on the southern side of Seal Rock hoping to find whales in the Sound, but with no luck we head out of the Sound. And its not long before screams from everybody onboard as we see a breaching whale off in the distance. With a good swell running it is important that every one keeps one hand for the boat and one hand for the camera. We find 2 Humpbacks and follow for some time as they slap their tails on the se
June 11th Whale Report.
We find the Southern Right cow that has been seen several times on previous cruises but leave her after a quick look as we spot 2 young Humpbacks over near Seal Rock.
We follow for some time and enjoy a Australian seal playing with these whales around our boat at times.
As we leave these Humpbacks to head back to the marina we find 1 young lone Humpback heading towards Middleton Beach.
June 7th Whale Report.
After a couple of days off because of weather we head out into King George Sound and find a large Southern Right whale 2/3 the way out to Breaksea Island. We follow what we believe is a pregnant cow, as she slowly heads in towards Mistaken Island. The wind strength is increasing and Bernie can not see any blows from humpbacks travelling deep so we decide to follow this whale. At times this whale pulls its tail from the water but alas I did not get a pi