The Northern Migration – Whale Watching off Sydney Heads

I’ve been really lucky over the past couple of weeks to have been out whale watching from TWICE from Sydney – yes TWICE 🙂

Both days were warm and sunny and we were SO lucky {and grateful} to see some ‘Humpback’ whales heading north during their annual migration.

Each year – around May, Humpback whales leave the cold waters of Antarctica and swim north to the warm tropical waters of Queensland, Australia, to mate and give birth to their young.

They are such amazing creatures…We spotted our first couple of humpbacks not far off Sydney heads..

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These majestic creatures can grow to an average length of 12-18 metres and weigh as much as 45 tonnes.

The two whales travelled along together for a while, diving and giving us a glimpse of their tails – {click, click, click went my camera :)}

Whale Tail

Humpbacks are VERY acrobatic {considering their size} and one of the two whales we were observing really decided to put on a show…

Breaching is said to be either purely for play, to loosen skin parasites or it may have some social meaning. Check out the splash he made when he hit the water!

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He then ‘spyhopped’ {poked his head out of the water for around 30 seconds} to check out what was going on.

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Again this was followed by a playful ‘splash.’ 🙂

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Finally, he waved good-bye…and they continued on their journey north…

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Then just to top off a fantastic day, an albatross flew past {for anyone that knows me, I LOVE albatross.}

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Our second day out whale watching was completely different…it was two weeks after the first trip and the whales seemed to be more intent on heading north as quickly as possible….

We just observed them for a while before we headed back to Darling Harbour…

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I can’t wait to photograph them again when they head south down the East coast. Have you seen any humpback whales this season? I’d love to hear your stories. Please let me know in the comments below 🙂

bye for now,

Chris 🙂

Whale Tails and Spectacular Breeches….

Whale Watching. Its something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.

In April I won the photography competition via Whale Watching Sydney’s facebook page..

With Sydney putting on a magnificent winter day, we secured our spot on the boat with the hope of seeing some sort of whale activity.

Our harbour is always magnificent and today was no different. I never tire of looking at the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge or Fort Denison.

We sped out through the heads and spotted our first whales about 8 miles out to sea.

The whales migrating south are usually found further out to sea in the East Australian Current.

This strong southerly current carries the whales during their southern migration to Antarctica.

There were two humpback whales and they gave us quite a show for a few hours.

These beautiful gentle mammals are a wonder to see. I loved just being near them.

And of course the camera was going click click click 🙂

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