Whale Watching in Gold Coast
On this particular trip we decided to choose the sits at the front of the vessel so we could freely watch the horizon right from the start. As the boat departs, the crew explains some safety features and also describes the whales routines and what we can expect. Every day is different though. It all happens on the whales’ rules. Sometimes you can only spot a small fin in the far distance while other times the whales approach your boat and stay close throughout the whole time. This happened exactly on that day!
There were 3 whales that kept being super close to the vessel and did 4 breaches in total! Whales tail is the strongest muscle in animal kingdom. With just few moves it can throw 40 tonns body above the water surfface. Just incredible!
A sign of aggression?
The whales kept playing and popping out of the water for 1 hour and 30minutes, diving deeper only for short periods of time. This was a spectacular show with a very close encounters.
The boat crew advised to cheer the whales as it can stimulate whales curiosity and they might stay close to the water’s surface and make some noises as well. They want to find out what’s going on and so they are more likely to stay near the boat and play around even more.
Unique tale fin!
Fun Facts about the Whales!
- The Humpback Whale is the 5th largest of the great whales
- Humback Whales grow 15-18 meters long and weight about 27-45tonnes, with mature females being larger then males.
- Their life expectancy is 45-50 years.
- They migrate north from Antarctica to give birth and then come back with their calves.
- During annual migration Whales travel over 10,000km.
- During summer, southern hemisphare Humbacks feed in Antarctic waters until late Autumn. Then they begin migrating to their breeding and calving grounds in the warmer coastal waters of South Pacific.
- Groups of Whales are called Pods, averaging between 2 to 8 whales.
- A baby whale is called a calf. When born it can be 2-3 m long and weight around 1,5 tonnes.The newborn whale calf can drink up to 600litres of its mother’s milk a day and this milk is as thick as toothpaste.
- Breaching is the most spectacular behaviour of the Humpback Whale; as they lounch themselves high out of water with just a few beats of the tail.The whales are sometimes twirling as they leap and then slapping the water as they come back down. The most powerful part of whale’s anatomy is its tail.
- The Humpbacks have two blow holes, one for each lung. When it exhales it produces a 2-3 meter cloud of vapour above.