A great day of action for all today! We got to see eight whales close up, and there was plenty of action in the distance too.
Right as we got around the Cape we saw some nice big breaches in the distance, with two separate whales breaching about 200m from each other. By the time we got to the whales, they were swimming together. This is an example of breaching potentially being used as a form of short distance communication in humpback whales. The big splash from the breach may produce a lot of sound underwater, and humpback whales may use this to signal their position to others. After following this pod for a while we saw some more activity in the distance and went over to see what was happening.
This next pod was a bit inactive, but we still got a nice close look at them. As we were with this pod, we got to see plenty of breaches by pods in the distance which was great. There was another individual a bit closer to Moreton Island, and it was good to see the whale with Moreton Island in the background.
We saw more breaching in the distance near Flinders Reef. Soon we caught up to a pod of 2 whales, and this pod was great. They displayed almost the full suite of behaviors for us up close. We saw a breach, pectoral flipper slapping, tail lobbing, tail raising and tail slapping. It was great! They went underwater for a while and we saw a loggerhead turtle pop up with a school of fish following it. Not soon after a bottlenose dolphin approached the boat, and then the whales came up again. Four beautiful animals in only a minute! Great to see the wide diversity of marine life that Moreton Bay Marine Park has to offer.
Eco Ranger Pat