24 July 2022

24 Jul 2022

Whale Safari Guides

Whale Safari Guides

Species seen today: humpback whale, minke whale, white-beaked dolphin

A small ground swell was present throughout the day as it rolled through the bay in a westerly direction. The small swell did not affect whale sightings in any way however as three species were seen, starting with the smaller member of the baleen whale family, the minke whale. The whales cruised calmly by, showing themselves a few times before arching their backs when ready to dive. After a good period of time with the minkes, we approached a sleeping humpback whale that remained at the surface for easy viewing as it took many breaths. When this individual dove however, it stayed out of sight for a prolonged time of around 10 minutes. Finally, white-beaked dolphins were spotted moving in acrobatic style, leaping from the water that produced a visible splash that could be seen over a couple of kilometres. Upon arriving in their area, they swam within a close distance to the boats, occasionally moving at high speed as they darted from side to side. 

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