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WHALE WATCHING BLOG

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

Posted by Tangalooma Marine
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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Thursday, September 22, 2016
All whales in the bay

For todays whale watch, all the Humpback whales were within Moreton Bay with 18 spotted! As we get towards the end of the annual migration of the Humpback whales we are seeing more and more making there way further south into the bay. The highlight for the day was all the active calves! With 7 calves spotted with their mothers being very playful with several doing breaches. One in particular was able to leap its whole body out of the water!

Eco Ranger Corey

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Calves playing in the rain

There was some rain in Moreton Bay today but didn't stop the Humpback whale calves from being playful with two spotted and a total of 5 whales for the day. So we are into the final month of whale watching, expecting all the mothers and calves to be on their journey south. Today we spent some time with a pod of a mother,calf and juvenile; with the calf taking some time to get comfortable with the Tangalooma Jet. Once the calf was comfortable, it showed off with some spectacular head lunges!

Eco Ranger Corey

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Some male whale rivalry

Today on board the Tangalooma Jet guests were lucky to see some unique interaction between two pods of male Humpback whales! The vessel was watching a pod of 4 male adults then a pod of two more adult males came charging in. It seemed that the males were acting aggressive and doing some amazing manoeuvres just below the surface of the water. Male humpback whales are known to get competitive, fighting for females and territory. A total of 15 whales were spotted for the day.

Eco Ranger Corey

Posted by Tangalooma Marine
Monday, September 19, 2016
A lazy day on the bay

Guests on board the Tangalooma Jet were excited to watch 7 Humpback whales on today's whale watch. The whale watch cruise started off with a mother and calf who were sighted in the waters just north of Tangalooma Island Resort! We then travelled towards Cape Moreton, where we then watched a further 5 Humpback whales, who were all very relaxed with their behaviour. The whales viewed today had long dive times, normally Humpback whales surface every 4-5 minutes or so. However, on today's whale watch, the whales had longer dive times averaging at 8 minutes!

The whales were definitely conserving their energy today, hopefully in preparation for more adrenaline filled behaviours for the upcoming week of whale watching!

Eco Ranger Tessa

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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Whales fired up by the wild weather!

The strong winds and rainfall certainly didn't dampen the whale watch cruise today, as the whales still delivered a spectacular behavioural show! Just as we left Tangalooma Island Resort, we sighted two juveniles enjoying the waters around 100 metres out from the shoreline of the Resort. These two whales were heading north towards Tangalooma Wrecks. Shortly after, we sighted a very active mother and her calf around 20 metres from the shoreline of Comboyuro Point, the north western point of Moreton Island. The mother and her calf were full of energy, as they repeatedly breached off the Point! The Tangalooma Jet then made it's way along the northern extent of Moreton Island, where we later watched on at another 12 Humpback whales, with many breaches, peduncle throws and head lunges seen. A total of 16 Humpback whales were viewed today. Overall, it was a fantastic whale watch!

Eco Ranger Tessa

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Saturday, September 17, 2016
Whens Migaloo heading back south??

With only a month left for the Tangalooma Whale Watching, everyone is wondering when will Migaloo past Moreton Island for his return journey south? Migaloo the rare albino Humpback Whale was spotted here in Moreton Bay in late July, so after spending just over a month in the warm waters of North Queensland, we are hoping to see him start heading back south! But all his friends were out today with 12 Humpback whales spotted for the day, with a pod of 6 adults hanging around the Tangalooma Jet.

Eco Ranger Corey

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Friday, September 16, 2016
Lets get those sightings up!

Here at Tangalooma we are all hoping to get those whale sighting numbers up! With 991 Humpback whales spotted last season,we are hoping lots of whales will be heading past Cape Moreton for their return journey and today did provide! We had 13 whales spotted for the day, guests enjoyed watching so many whales around the Tangaloooma Jet with a pod of 4 adults doing some laps around the vessel.

 Eco Ranger Corey

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Thursday, September 15, 2016
Mothers and calves heading home

As we make our way into the last two months of whale watching at Tangalooma, its all the mother Humpback whales with their newborn calves heading back south home. With 4 Humpback whales spotted for the day with the majority of the time spent with the mother and calf which were accompanied by another adult. After some time the calf got comfortable with the vessel and started to throw its tail out of the water looking to play with the other whales and showing off his new skills.

Eco Ranger Corey

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Playful calf

A little Humpback whale calf took todays cruise spotlight with some great tail slaps and playful behaviour! As we progress into the last two months of the Tangalooma Whale Watching we can expect to see more mothers and calves on their journey further south towards Antarctica. Guests loved the calves cheeky behaviour as it could be seen rolling over and under its mother. 6 Humpback whales were spotted for the day.

Eco Ranger Corey

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