2020 Whale Watching Season Starts with Splash!
Sea World Cruises
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.
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!”
You 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.