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.
We are lucky enough to witness one of the longest whale migrations in the world off the coast of Sydney.
Humpback Whales are the most watched species for us with about 20.000 animals passing Sydney each year.
In May Humpback Whales begin passing by Sydney on their Northern Migration coming from antarctic waters in the south.
By early August these whales have moved onto their breeding grounds up north around the equator. On the northern Migration we see a lot of breaching whales and active males showing their dominance to impress females for mating.
July and September
From July to September we have occacional sightings of Southern Right Whales. These whales are not seen as often as Humpbacks which we see on almost every cruise.
Southern Right Whales are similar in size, but dont follow a yearly migration like the Humpback Whales. In September we also have the first whales on their way south again. A very interesting time of year with whales going both ways!
August - December
Mid to late August to the beginning of December the whales are now all swimming south and we start seeing mothers with their newborn calves.
They tend to spend more time on surface and swim slower (so that the calf can keep up!) although occasionally we will see some long down times. This part of the season is best for Muggings were the whales will come up close to the boat and investigate us!