About Humpback Whales

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The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale.

One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately
36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and
a knobbly head. An acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals.

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi)
each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed
and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. Their diet consists
mostly of krill and small fish. Continue reading on wikipedia...


  • Research

    Our Research

    Since 2007, we have been working with Prof Robert Harcourt and Megan Kessler at Macquarie University on an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded grant to investigate the effectiveness of the current Australian whale watching guidelines.

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    The Great Migration

    Humpback Whales travel thousands of kilometres from early May to Late November, between their winter breeding ground to their summer feeding ground along the East Coast of Australia. Sydney has one of the longest whale migrations in the world.

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Wildlife we may encounter on our cruises


  • Humpback Whales

    Humpback Whales

    Humpback Whales we see on almost every trip. They are the main species of whale migrating past the coast of Sydney from May to December.

  • Dolphins

    Dolphins

    There is a 50/50 chance to see dolphins on your cruise with us. The most common species are Bottlenose Dolphins and Common Pacific Dolphins.

  • Southern Right Whale

    Southern Right Whale

    We get to see Southern Right Whales around 4-5 times a season. They don't migrate like the humpback whale does and there are not as many.

  • Blue whale

    Blue Whale

    A very rare visitor to the shores of Sydney. We only saw one in the last 6 years. With up to 35m long it is the largest animal to have ever lived on our planet.

  • Minke whale

    Minke Whale

    Minke Whales are a little bit smaller than Humpback Whales and very elusive. They don't like to be watched making for tricky whale watching.

  • Orca

    Orca

    Also known as Killers Whales. Also a rare visitor with 2 sightings over the last 5 years. Easy to identify with a dorsal fin measuring more than 2m tall.

  • Fur seal

    Fur Seals

    Often seen relaxing on the surface soaking in the sun. Not afraid to interact with the whales at times, too.

  • Sea birds

    Sea Birds

    We get Many species of Albatross (mostly Black Brow and Yellow Nose), Gannets, Shear Waters, Terns, Petrels 

  • Other species

    Other Species

    Every once in a while we come across something we don't usually get: Sharks, False Killer Whales, Pilot Whales, Sun Fish, Rays, Turtles 

 
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