Special capture from Friday’s trip out with @seaworldwhalewatch
- baby whale tail waterfall!! 😍😍😍 This little guy was VERY new - as you can see from his colouring, prob no more than a week old - and looked like he was still trying to figure out his tail. (Awwwww!) He tried a couple of times to lift it out of the water but couldn’t seem to get much lift. I was lucky to catch this one time he sort of succeeded. There are lots of mums and bubs around - so amazing being able to experience the whale equivalent of “baby’s first steps”. 💙💙💙 Happy Sunday everyone!
Two of the whales we caught up with yesterday (the second is upside down underwater - the aqua glow is the white belly). Interesting scar patterns on the dorsal fin of the whale above water. My guess is it was probably caused by fishing lines, netting or something similar. 😔 Obviously tight enough to actually cut into the skin. The ocean is not a dumping ground for gear we no longer need. Everyone needs to be more careful when disposing of items while they’re out on (or near) the water (that includes at the beach!).
Whale watching this morning and presented with lots of beautiful tails! 😍😍 This was from a pod of 3 adults that we hung out with for a little bit. There may have been a bit of courting or chasing behavior going on beneath the surface - they would put on the speed every now and then and surface more forcefully than normal. We also had some quality time with a mother and her newborn calf. 💙💙 More photos to come! Thank you @seaworldwhalewatch
for a stellar morning out! 🙏
In awe whale watching in Hervey Bay. Swipe for a video ➡️. It was a calm day out on the bay where many pods of Humpback whales were about, curious of the onlookers and coming in for a closer look. It is such an amazing experience to see these majestic animals in person taking in their sheer size. We were even lucky enough to get a glimpse of them in the freezing cold water although it was fleeting
How silky smooth can you get!
Mummy and bubba heading to Queensland.
Double the whales for Whale Wednesday! Another shot from the outing with mum and bub a couple of weeks ago. 😍😍 This gives a really good indication of how tiny the calf is compared to its mother! But still a big baby - about 1 tonne at birth! 😮 And no, the baby isn't white like Migaloo - calves are much paler in colour at birth with their colour darkening as they get older. But it goes to show just how 'new' this one was!
A late afternoon cruise in Sydney.
Ever had a minute in your life you wish you could repeat over and over.
This moment when a great big handsome young dude hesitated for a moment to check me out as he moseyed along next to our boat is right up there on my list. (Obviously what he saw didn't impress him a great deal as he didn't stay long 😂 but I'm grateful that he stopped for a fleeting moment to at least take a look). 🐋
The dude I'm referring to is of course a young humpback whale that was chilling in Hervey Bay during my own little annual migration to the area. 🐋
The clarity of the water wasn't as great as other days but it's definitely a memory etched in my head.
If you fancy the idea of floating in the ocean with a huge great gentle giant, whilst I'd love to keep this my own little secret for my next visit, a trip out with @DiveHerveyBay
is highly recommended. 🐋
Watch 'til the end to see how gracefully he looked and moved off (with a piece of my heart 😍 💘) 🐋🐳🐋🐳🐋🐳🐋🐳🐋🐳🐋🐳🐋🐳🐋
Every year between May and November, Australia's east coast comes alive with acrobatic displays of hupback whales..
These gently giants migrate thousands of kilometres north to The Great Barrier Reef to mate and give birth and every year they attract hundreds of visitors. We got this amazing shot in Royal National Park, just outside of Sydney... The humpback whales got very close to the shore, and even though it took some time to find them with the drone, in the end we got our lucky shot!😊 Have you seen whales in the wild? Would you take the whale watching cruise or try your luck from the shore?
🇸🇰Pocas australskej zimy, vychodne pobrezie sa hemzi migrujucimi velrybami smerujucimi do Velkej Koralovej Bariery.
Kazdorocne prilakaju tisice turistov, ci uz na "whale watching" plavby alebo do pobreznych mesteciek, kde ich mozete sledovat priamo z brehu. My sme mali stastie pocas tury v narodnom parku blizko pri Sydney, kde ich bolo naozaj vela a hoc nam chvilu trvalo najst jednu velrybu s dronom, nakoniec sme dostali tento krasny zaber... Videli ste uz velryby vo volnej prirode? Ak ano, tak kde?😊
#whalewatching #whales #humpbackwhale #humpback #whaleseason #whalesaustralia #royalnationalparksydney #royalnationalpark
The power required to heave a 20-30 tonne body out of the water (sometimes COMPLETELY out of the water) must be phenomenal. I always get a buzz watching it - think actual 😍 in human form with lots of excited 👏👏 - but I'd love to know what the whales are thinking when they're doing it. Or when they've just finished. Is it a joyous "YEEEEWWWW!!! 😆" sort of thing? Is it a "Oi! I'm over here! 👋" sort of thing? Could it be the whale equivalent of knocking 50 sit ups out: "Right, that's me done for the day." 💪 😂 If only we knew why they breached! Theories include communication, to scratch a literal itch (hitting the water with that kind of power 😳), or because its just plain FUN. Whatever the reason, I hope we get to see it for many more years yet. 💙🐋
We had a couple of close encounters with this humpback and his mate about 2 weeks ago. I didn't realise at the time just how many scars he (I think it's a he? 🤷🏻♀️) had. Random piece of trivia: scars on humpbacks will turn white on dark skin, and turn dark on white skin.
TGIF tomorrow. Hands up if you're ready for the weekend!! 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻
The perfect end to the day by one show off young male whale.
We'd had it all with @bluedolphintour
Mugged (that means the whale comes swimming around the boat when it's in idle/neutral to check it out) by 6 whales, all manner of pec and tail splashes and a bonus pod of dolphins. All an amazing day where the sea was as flat as a pond.
Time for some #MondayMugging
? This is the calf and mother who mugged us last Thursday. As you can see, they came in VERY close - more than once! - to give us a good look. I will never get over how much interest they show in us. Locking eyes with a whale is... I've been trying to find the words for the last 5 mins and keep coming up short. It's beautiful, awe-inspiring, humbling and so much more than that. Given our history (whaling at both Tangalooma and Byron - we basically decimated their population), they have no reason to trust us... but they continue to willingly approach us, even with their young. Despite their size, they're gentle and fully aware of everything around them, fine with letting us spend time with them and it's just... it's a LOT. 💙💙💙 #ihavealotoffeelings
#wearegoldcoast #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia
How many whales can one see in a week?
Lots and lots and lots and never enough 😂😂😂
Trivia for the day: every whale's tale is different - with it's markings and patterns - like a finger print.
Coming up for a belly rub.
Our curious whale treated us to just one breach and that was our quota!
Whale pectoral fin nice and close
I was originally going to post this yesterday (2 yr anniversary and all!) but forgot in all the excitement of baaaaaby whale. 😍 So it can be today's #FBF
. Yesterday Migaloo was sighted off Byron Bay and we think he slipped past the Gold Coast late yesterday - he was meant to be heading past Pt Lookout on @straddieis
this morning/lunchtime. That makes yesterday two years - to the day! - since I first saw him (which is when this photo was taken, just north of Cook Island around the NSW/QLD border). The white fella seems to have a thing for 26 July - I am NOT complaining! Best birthday gift ever! 😁 I missed seeing him yesterday (and today as well - hilariously we're heading to Straddie TOMORROW 😩) but will cross my fingers we can see him on his return journey southward. Enjoy the tropics, Migs! 😘👍
Baaaaaaaby whale! 🐳 I promised baby spam, so here we go. Taken during yesterday's encounter with a very relaxed mum and bub. They approached us numerous times, curious to check us out (or maybe mum wanted to show off her adorable offspring? "Humans! Look what I created! The cuuuutest, right?!" 😆). What I love about this image is on the full size (not sure if you'll be able to see it if you zoom in on IG) you can see the calf's baleen bristles! Seriously, these guys are so cute! 😍😍 So so privileged to be able to experience this. Always grateful, never taking this for granted. 💙🐋 Thank you @seaworldwhalewatch
for another b'day trip to remember! #seaworldwhalewatch
So yesterday (Thursday) was the perfect start to the birthday long weekend! I headed out with @seaworldwhalewatch
in the morning - the conditions were about as perfect as you can get, the ocean was like a mill pond it was so flat/still! - and we were BLESSED to be able to spend a lot of time with a mum and her young calf (wouldn't have been more than a few days to a week old, I reckon!). They were both so chilled out AND curious about us - they actually approached our boat and did a slow swim by about 3 or 4 times! (TBH, I lost count because I was so 😍😍😍). I have soooo many photos but I just need to say again how thrilled I am with making the change to @sonyalpha.
The A7RIII is a phenomenal camera and absolutely perfect when I'm using it for whale watching. Having the added reach of the 70-300 lens I picked up on Wed was just what I needed. 👍 Anyway, all this rambling is to say: be prepared for baby spam. Baby whale, that is. ❤️ Thanks #seaworldwhalewatch
for such a magic morning! 😁
We named him “Barnacle Bill” and he was a very friendly whale. Kept popping up near our boat.
Whale upside down and about to pass underneath our boat.
Just breathe... the weekend is almost here! 😌 After missing out last weekend (😭 2 weeks since my last trip out - not happy Jan!) I'm planning whale watching this weekend. And there is no better time to go and see these guys! They're right in the peak of the northern migration and there are plenty of mums and bubs about (but please please please don't get too close to them if you're in a boat!! 🙏🙏 The last thing we want is to stress out or upset these gentle giants. 300m bare minimum!). What adventures do you have planned for the weekend?
Taken aboard @seaworldwhalewatch
a few weeks back. #seaworldwhalewatch
Happy Minke Monday! As I mentioned in another post on the weekend, we saw Dwarf Minke Whales on Saturday with @seaworldwhalewatch
!! 😍😍😍 I've been going out whale watching around the @destinationgoldcoast
area for about 7-8 years and this is the first time I've ever seen them! And they're FAST. Like, holy hell, they are seriously zippy. 😳 I honestly thought I was looking at dolphins first until I realised they were too big to be dolphins! Stoked I can tick this one off my list - Minkes, check! 💙🐋 #seaworldwhalewatch #wearegoldcoast
Check this "sick" whale out doing a full 360 barrel roll! Have you captured this year's whale migration yet? 🐳⠀
Breeeeeach! First of the season (for me)! 😍🙌 We had SUCH a great trip out this morning! Asides from the aforementioned breaching, the absolute highlight (for me, anyway) was we saw DWARF MINKE WHALES!! But I'm saving that post for another day. 😁 It was so great to capture my first breach of 2018. And I LOOOOOVE the new camera. Change my life LOL. Making the switch to @sonyalpha
was the best decision. Once I get the right zoom lens for it (which I have planned - come on, tax man! 😜) I will be set. (No, I will not be forking out $15K+ for the new 400mm F2.8 💀) Thank you @seaworldwhalewatch
for a beaut morning! Enjoy the rest of the weekend, instapeoples! ✌️
First whale watch outing for 2018 done and dusted! 😁😍😁🐋 It was an excellent day out on the water with the awesome @seaworldwhalewatch
team. We found a couple of small groups off South Stradbroke Island, including a pod of 4 that split up to pairs at one point. This was one of those whales. She (we think it's a female) headed straight for the boat, slid underneath us, then popped up right alongside us on the other side! Having a good ol' stickybeak, I reckon. Who says people watching isn't part of their annual migration plans? 😉
I'm going to sleep well tonight though - I must be getting old because I don't remember the sun/wind/water combo taking it out of me that much before! 👵🏻😴😂
Who's planning their whale watching adventure(s) for this year?
March 2017 🐋