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World Ocean’s Day 2020

By | Latest, private, Whale Watching

World Ocean's Day 2020

Sea World Cruises

08/06/2020

Today, the 8th of June, marks World Oceans Day. Every year on this day, people from all over the world raise awareness about our oceans and their role in sustaining a healthy planet. Through a series of events, we are able to come together to highlight ways in which we can all help protect and conserve the oceans for future generations. 

This year in 2020, the focus for World Oceans Day is growing the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030, referred to as ‘30×30’. By protecting 30% of our oceans through a network of highly protected areas, we can help restore and ensure a healthy ocean for all.

 

What we’re doing for our oceans at Sea World Cruises

Here at Sea World Cruises we are passionate about the ocean, and are a huge advocate for #WorldOceansDay. For almost 6 months of the year, we are lucky enough to spend our days out in the ocean with the Humpback whales throughout their annual migration. We understand the vital role each and every animal has in maintaining a healthy marine environment, and it is up to all of us to help protect it for future generations. 

One of the ways in which we are helping to safeguard our oceans is through a partnership with Griffith University’s Centre for Coastal Management. In particular, helping to collaborate on research projects through the Marine Megafauna research program. This research theme focuses on extending knowledge about feeding, migration, habitat use and human impacts on whales and dolphins in coastal waters aiming to derive new management strategies for a better conservation and protection of marine mammals in urbanised coastal waters.

Most of the scientific data used in these studies is collected on board our vessels, so if you’ve been out on a whale watching tour with us in the past, or are planning on coming out with us in the future, you will most likely see the researchers conducting important scientific surveys. Through this partnership, numerous whale watching trips, and thousands of hours from dedicated researchers, a number of scientific publications have been published and revealed vital information about the Humpback whales that pass through the Gold Coast every year.

These publications help to not only increase our knowledge base about these gentle giants, but to also help inform better policy decisions that are critically important in building a foundation for a sustainable future. 

To find out more, you can visit the Griffith University Centre for Coastal Management, Marine Megafauna research page here.

TAKE ACTION

So you’re probably wondering how you can help on #WorldOceansDay?

We’ve made it easy for you with a list of actions below. 

Sign the Petition

More than ever, we need your help to protect our oceans. By signing this petition, you will be helping to convince world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. It’s simply not enough to ask our scientists to call for action. We need to show our support and join them, calling for our world leaders to step up and ensure our planet is sustainably managed. Together we can make a difference.

To find out more about the petition, click here

Join an event

There are hundreds of events you can find on WorldOceansDay.org that you can participate in, including one from the Australian Marine Conservation Society, Save Our Marine Life and WWF Australia, about our Antarctic legacy and how we can help protect it. 

In East Antarctica, scientists have discovered a worrying feedback loop in which melting glacial ice sheets are accelerating the rate of ice melt and sea level rise. In this Facebook livestream event, Tim Jarvis will be discussing Australia’s next step in our Antarctic legacy and how we are leading the charge for an East Antarctic Marine Park. This Marine Park would help ecosystems build the necessary resilience against the impacts of climate change. 

Post on your Social Media

Help #WorldOceansDay to grow the movement to protect our blue planet by using the hashtag #ProtectOurHome. Post your favourite picture of the ocean, something you love about the ocean, or share some simple tips on how to protect the ocean.. anything about the ocean! Remember the more we tag, the more presence and impact we will have. 

Join us on a whale watching tour!

With the whale season now up and running, we are offering daily whale watching tours from Main Beach, Gold Coast. Come out and experience these gentle giants for yourself, it’s an experience one never forgets. Plus you will learn all about Humpback Whales through our informative commentary, whilst seeing the whales in their natural environment. Give us a call on 5539 9299, or jump on our website to secure a spot. 

Remember, there are limited spots available due to Covid restrictions, however we are ensuring that all regulations are strictly adhered to, including social distancing, and extra cleaning on all vessels and terminals.

We hope that you will join us where ever you are in the world on June 8 to celebrate World Ocean’s Day!

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2020 Whale Watching Season Starts with Splash!

By | Latest, private, Whale Watching

2020 Whale Watching Season Starts with Splash!

Sea World Cruises

08/06/2020

It was a later start than usual, and with a few extra hurdles to overcome, but the first passengers have hit the water to kick off the 2020 whale watching season and what a great start it was! 

Weekend wrap up

With Coronavirus restrictions meaning only a special twenty guests could travel per tour, our lucky few were treated to near-private tours and an array of marine life, including the one we were holding our breath for, the magnificent humpback whale. 

Guests on board all tours were delighted to be chaperoned by pods of bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins riding the bow of the boat. Dolphins are a regular sight off the Gold Coast, but this weekend saw more action than usual in the water, with many bait balls in the region which are a feast for the dolphins. The Sunday afternoon tour even sighted a resting loggerhead turtle, sunning itself on the surface.

Dolphins

However, the star of the show – the one that we were all there for – did not disappoint. Humpback whales were seen on all five tours over the weekend. That’s what we call a 100% success rate, and we plan on keeping it that way. Our skippers and crew are the best in town, and if there’s a whale around, they’ll be sure to find it. 

 

A birthday surprise 

It was also the birthday of Ebony, one of our crew members this weekend. When asked about how she felt working on her special day, she replied, “Picture this… it was late on Sunday afternoon. The sun was beginning to set over the Gold Coast skyline when suddenly we spotted a pod of whales. As we neared the group, we slowed down, and suddenly two humpbacks breached at exactly the same time into the sunset. It was the best birthday present ever!”

GalleryBreachYou see, nothing brings our staff more joy than sharing these incredible experiences with our customers. They are full of knowledge about humpback whales and show this through their fun, yet educational commentary. They are happy to answer any questions you may have about the whales, and will even show the art of capturing the perfect ‘whelfie’ (a selfie with a whale).

Here on the Gold Coast, we are lucky enough to have the most extended whale watching season in Australia, with whales migrating past our coastline from late May to early November each year. It was actually in April this year, that the first Humpback whales were spotted off the Gold Coast, eagerly making their way north. And now, with each day, more and more humpback whales are passing the shores of the Gold Coast with 35,000 whales expected to pass by this year. 

Whale watching in the age of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

With strict regulations in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are currently taking reduced numbers of passengers in-line with government recommendations. We are committed to keeping our staff and customers safe. We are:

  • Taking extra precautions taken including cleaning touch surfaces hourly
  • Ensuring customers can maintain social distancing especially when standing at the rail 
  • Providing ample seating on the vessel across multiple decks including 4sqm per person
  • Adhering to our COVID Safe Plan which complies with the current approved Queensland Government and Tourism Industry guidelines

While this season is unlike any other season the industry has ever experienced, we remain excited. We’re to get out there with the whales over the next five months for some incredible wildlife encounters. If whale watching on the Gold Coast has been on your bucket list, now is a great time to take advantage of Early Bird Sales and to get the family safely out of the house and back in nature. Won’t you join us?

Call 5539 9299 or book online to reserve your spot.