School has been in session for a Humpback Whale Calf during our morning whale watch cruise. The young half was practicing their breaching technique with mum closely watching on. At one point the calf had its body completely mid air sideways to the surface of the water. Spectacular
Perseverance paid off with the crew and skipper aboard this morning’s Whale Watching Cruise with 3 Whales found in time before heading back to shore. The pod consisted of 2 adults and 1 calf who was very active learning the behaviours obviously from mum and the female escort with lots of tail slapping.
Today the passengers aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer were spoilt with 1 pod consisting of 6 Whales on a heat run. There was lots of surface time, breaches and jostling with each other close to the vessel.
What happens when a whale notices a photographer onboard a whale watch cruise – well we can report the adult whale that the crew saw on the morning cruise aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer was very happy to show off breaching time and time again, even throwing in a few powerful head lunges just for good measure.
Date : 15/9/2022
Date: 18/8 /2022
How lucky were the passengers aboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer this morning…..one large Humpback Whale was about 50m to 100m from the boat completing lots of tail dives.
On the return journey, they visited Cabbage Island with plenty of sleepy seals to be seen lazing around and a group of Dolphins were playful jumping at Yacaaba.
From one of our customers!
We went out on the 1.30pm Whale Watching cruise and what a great time we had.
The weather was magnificent with just a slight breeze blowing. We were lucky enough to see two beautiful whales while out there who both came up many times and seemed to be playing together.
To top off our trip, there were lots of dolphins around as well.
It’s great to be back out on the water with the sunshine today. The Hinchinbrook Explorer departed at 10am and came across a Whale that breached upon their arrival. They observed multiple Whales further out while waiting for some action from the visiting Whale. Of course when the vessel decided to depart location the Whale commenced breaching and even head lunged. The sea conditions are still a bit rolly out there and if you are considering cruising with us we suggest heading to a chemist and asking for sea sickness prevention prior to boarding.
What better way to spend a sunny Saturday in Port Stephens than jumping on a whale watch cruise! The air was extremely chilly today, so wearing plenty of warm winter clothing including a beanie was a must! For our passengers onboard the Hinchinbrook Explorer 10am whale watch cruise, it has taken every effort of the crew to find a whale. But the crew has reported that Captain never gave up hope and came through, finding one lone Humpback Whale that we have spent time viewing and watching its behaviours.
What a magical day to be on the water in the beautiful Port Stephens. Seas were calm and the sun is shining. Our passengers today were treated with lots of acrobatic displays from about 30 whales who are migrating north. We saw plenty of breaches, tail lobs and pectoral fin slaps. Passengers and crew were entertained with one whale perfecting his backstroke, laying on the surface with his belly in the air and slapping his fingers around while egging on his friend who was doing tail lobs. Often both got a bit excited and were jumping for joy, known as a breach. Lots of bird life was also seen with Pectorals, Albatross and Gannet. If that wasn’t enough excitement for the day, our skipper steamed over to Cabbage Tree Island to find 15 big fat seals who were sun baking after a morning hunting for a delicious seafood breakfast
Between the winds and the ocean swell, no one ventured out today to see the whales.
Fortunately, the conditions are getting better and we look forward to heading out again tomorrow.
The first day of June and the first day of winter marks the official start date of the whale migration in New South Wales and while the air is chilly we are set to venture off shore in search of our first Humpback Whale of the day. The crew of the Hinchinbrook Explorer have just sat the vessel off the Fingal Bay Lighthouse for a while when they have spotted a breaching whale, the Captain has done a number of loops around the perimeter of the whales location to come into line and be able to cruise from a distance at the same speed of the whale who has spent a good amount of time on the surface of the water. We have also spotted a huge pod of Common Dolphins off shore.