Why you should come whale watching with Sea World Cruises this 2020 season!

Whale Watching

It’s the perfect time to explore your own backyard

With international travel off the cards – now is the perfect time for a stay-cation and explore your very own backyard! You’d be surprised to know how many locals have NOT been whale watching on the Gold Coast before. My response is quite simple, WHY NOT?! Now is the time to come out and experience one of life’s most incredible feats, the Humpback whales annual migration that sees them travel an astonishing 10’000km round trip. 

Lower numbers on boats means more room to move about the vessel

In response to COVID we had reduced our capacity on our vessels to ensure that our customers and staff can practise social distancing. With fewer people on the boats, there is plenty of room to move freely around the boats and everyone has a railside position when we get out to the whales. Make the most of reduced capacity, but don’t leave it too late to book as seats are filling up fast especially over the school holidays and weekends!

Bumper season with over 30,000 humpback whales expected to pass our coastline

This year, scientists have estimated over 30’000 Humpback whales will pass us here on the Gold Coast – that’s over 200 whales a day passing our coast! Humpback whales are known for their playful behaviour and most days we see them show many acrobatic displays including breaching, tail slapping and pec slapping amongst many other surface behaviours. Some days we are even lucky enough to get ‘mugged’! This happens when whales become interested in the boat and will spend time rolling around the edge of the boat, checking us all out, leaving us to wonder – who’s watching who?! 

Calves are starting to make an appearance

From the cold Antarctic waters, Humpback whales make their way up the east coast of Australia to the warm, safe waters of the Great Barrier Reef to mate and give birth. However in recent years, scientific studies on board our boats have recorded calves only days old, meaning they were born further south of the Great Barrier Reef, including right here off the Gold Coast! We start to see the appearance of calves from July, and already we have seen a handful on our tours this 2020 season. The calves will be here until the end of the season as they make their way south down to Antarctica to feed over the summer. 

At birth, calves are a little uncoordinated and rely on their mothers to lift them out of the water to take a breath of air. They are around 4m in length and are a light grey colour. At birth they also have a folded dorsal fin which will generally straighten out over the following days/weeks. Seeing a newborn calf is super special and very very cute! After a few weeks, calves start to gain more muscle and strength, and are keen to copy mum’s every move.. Including pec slapping, tail slapping and even baby BREACHING! It’s honestly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!

We guarantee you’ll have a whale of a time!

Whale sightings are guaranteed here at Sea World Cruises. That means that if we fail to find whales out there for you, you get to come back for free. Our crew are incredibly good at finding whales, and are all incredibly knowledgeable about Humpback whales. Our commentary is not only insightful but funny! From start to finish our skippers and crew will be sure to make your trip an unforgettable experience. 

We look forward to welcoming you aboard Sea World Cruises this 2020 whale watching season!

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