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WHALE WATCHING BLOG

Monday, October 10, 2016
Whales here, whales there, whales everywhere!

Everywhere we looked, we saw whales! It's great to see so many of these beautiful mammals making their way into Moreton Bay Marine Park at this time of year. Guests on the Tangalooma Jet were lucky enough to see 10 adults, 3 juveniles, and 7 calves on today's whale watch! The highlight of the whale watch was watching a mother and calf swimming in very shallow crystal blue water next to the Cape, where they were soon met by a pod of around 15 inshore Bottlenose dolphins! We then witnessed a spectacular double breach by two calves on our way home to Tangalooma. A total of 20 Humpback whales were seen today.

Eco Ranger Tessa

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Sunday, October 9, 2016
Breaching into our last week of whale watches!

The Humpback whale's certainly made a splash on today's whale watch! The cruise started off with a mother and her calf seen out the front of Cowan Cowan. This particular calf put on an exciting show for us, with many breaches and spy hops performed. We then made our way towards the northern end of Moreton Island, where we watched a pod of 3 adults, and 1 calf enjoying the waters of Moreton Bay Marine Park. A total of 6 Humpback whales were seen today.

Time has definitely flown for the 2016 whale watching season. With only one week left, we hope to see plenty more spectacular shows by these migrating Humpback whales!

Eco Ranger Tessa

This photo of the breaching calf was captured by Bridget from the Tangalooma Photo Shop.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016
32 whales!

We are heading into the last week of whale watching but getting a great number of sightings, with the most ever sighted in one day for this year! 32 Humpback whales were spotted today, with several in Moreton Bay and many more at the northern side of Moreton Island. Guests were in awe with the palyful mothers and calves, with a highlight being a mother Humpback whale lifting its huge pectoral flipper out of the water to wave to the guests on board the Tangalooma Jet!

Eco Ranger Corey

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Friday, October 7, 2016
Three calves breaching

The Humpback whale calves seemed to be having a jumping contest today, with three breaching around the Tangalooma Jet! Guests were in awe to see such young whales doing spectacular aerial displays, with them also approaching the boat and doing pectoral waves to everyone on board. The cruise was nicely ended as we passed the Tangalooma Wrecks where there was a mother and calf right next the wrecks! A perfect day with 20 whales spotted.

Eco Ranger Corey

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Thursday, October 6, 2016
1000 whales = $5000 for the Kids Cancer Project

Today we spotted number 1000 whale for Tangalooma's Whale Watching cruise! We only needed 4 more sightings to reach it, so we got there after with the second pod of the day, and it was a breaching calf! This year Tangalooma is donating $5 to the Kids Cancer Project, an amanzing national charity dedicated to supporting early childhood cancer research. The best thing about reaching 1000 whales is that Tangalooma will be donating at least $5,000 to the charity!

A total of 16 whales were spotted for the day.

Eco Ranger Corey

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Nearly 1000 whales!

For todays whale watching cruise, we spotted 18 Humpback whales, only 4 short of reaching 1000 whales for 2016! It is amazing to see so many whales migrating along the east coast of Australia, after nearly being completely exploited during the whaling times in the 50's and 60's. This seasons total number of sightings will be the most Tangalooma has ever had. Today also consisted of around 20 Inshore Bottlenose dolphins and a dugong!

Eco Ranger Corey

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Manta Rays!

It was a great day for whale watching in Moreton Bay today, with 20 Humpback whales spotted. Guest were very lucky as we also spotted around 10 Green Sea Turtles and 2 manta rays! The manta ray is the largest species of rays in the world, reaching a width of 7m. The two were spotted just off Boulders Bay, near Cape Moreton. At Tangalooma we are fortunate that we get to encounter all different types of marine life on the whale watching cruise.

Eco Ranger Corey

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Sunday, October 2, 2016
Whales galore!

Let's bump up those whale sightings for the 2016 whale watch season, with 23 whales seen on today's whale watch cruise! It's great to see so many Humpback whales making their way into Moreton Bay, to seek shelter in the calmer waters, before returning to the freezing waters of the Antarctica region. Many whale behaviours were also seen today, with plenty of tail throws, tail slaps and breaches on the horizon!

Eco Ranger Tessa

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Saturday, October 1, 2016
Baby breaches

Wow, what a spectacular day to be whale watching with 18 whales sighted! The guests on board the Tangalooma Jet watched on with excitement as many calves repeatedly breached from the waters surface, with one particular calf breaching just 10 metres from the boat! We also sighted 3 mothers and their 3 calves that were feeling curious, and approached closer to the Tangalooma Jet, only metres away. The whale calves definitely put on an entertaining show for us today!

Eco Ranger Tessa

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Resting mother and calf

With calm conditions in Moreton Bay, the Humpback whales were resting and conserving energy for the upcoming storm with 7 whales spotted for the day. The whales need to be very conservative with their energy as they do no eating during their migration, using their blubber for energy. The highlight for the day was a resting mother and calf and it seemed that the calf was suckling from the mother for milk!

Eco Ranger Corey

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Spotted 900 whales so far this season!

The target of over 1000 Humpback Whales this season is looking promising with just over 900 already sighted and we still have around 17 cruises left! It is amazing to know that the Humpback Whale population is steadily increasing and are now not classified as endangered! For todays whale watching cruise we spotted 16 whales. Be sure to come visit these majestic marine animals before they are all back in Antarctica!

Eco Ranger Corey

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Monday, September 26, 2016
Aggressive males

The competition was full on for today's whale watch! The whale watch started off calmly with mothers and their calves seen enjoying the waters, just north of Moreton Island. As we were watching these relaxed whales, a very active pod was sighted on the horizon. The excitement levels peaked as we made our way closer to these charging whales. This particular pod of whales created plenty of splashes in the water, as around 5 adult male whales were charging towards a mother and her calf. During the annual Humpback whale migration, males compete and fight with each other, most commonly over access to a female, which was observed on today's whale watch. This particular pod of whales were also feeling curious as they approached and thrashed the waters just under the bow of the Tangalooma Jet, which added to the excitement of the whale watch!

Eco Ranger Tessa

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Saturday, September 24, 2016
21 whales!

Well we are heading into the last three weeks of whale watching at Tangalooma and still getting great number of Humpback whales passing Moreton Bay with 21 spotted today! The Tangalooma Jet spent majority of the time at the north western point of Moreton Island in shallow waters making for a great cruise with a variety of whale pods. But the guests highlight was a mother tail slapping with its little calf leaping out of the water showing off its aerobatic skills!

Eco Ranger Corey

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Friday, September 23, 2016
Curious four

Was amazing weather today and the Humpback whales seemed to be realxing in the great weather with 14 spotted for the day. The day consisted of mostly mother and calf whales on their journey south but we were lucky to encounter a pod of 4 curious adult whales. The 4 whales get very comfortable with the Tangaloma Jet surfacing alongside it with one doing a spy hop to have a look at all the guests!

Eco Ranger Corey

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