Experience the Magic of Whale Watching
Of all nature’s amazing diversity of wildlife, the whale is perhaps the most unique, and after many centuries of intense predation by various civilisations, humans have finally realised how close to extinction the whale came to be. They are now protected in most oceans in the world, and whale watching has become a very popular activity in some regions where the whales are known to congregate at certain times of the year.
As one might expect with such giant creatures, the whale travels vast distances in a single year, and the humpbacks spend the summer months feeding in the cold Antarctic waters, before migrating south, and their route actually passes Sydney during the months from May to August, as they head off to the waters off Queensland and New South Wales, where they will breed and calve. If you have never experienced whale watching off Sydney, there are online tour operators who know the best spots to enjoy the many antics these powerful creatures perform, and it will be an experience you will remember forever.
The Return Journey
After they have completed their complex breeding and calving, the humpbacks return south, and can be seen in the months of August to December, which gives you a wide range of dates when whales are present in these waters. The return trip allows the spectator to get a close up view of mother and calf, and the whales seem to know why we are there, and like to put on a show, and if you have never seen a fully grown whale breach, it is an amazing experience.
Other Marine Life
Taking a whale watching tour allows you to see many other marine creatures in their natural habitat, and these might include dolphins, orcas and sea lions. The whale watching boat captain would have an extensive knowledge of the local waters, and while he can never guarantee you will see the range of sea creatures, the chances are always very good.
The Perfect Viewing Platform
As one might expect, a whale watching vessel is specifically designed for that purpose, and with a 360 degree viewing deck, you will not miss any of the action, and with your SLR camera at the ready, be prepared for some stunning photos, which you can treasure as a memory of when you spent a few hours in the company of these amazing creatures. Comfort, speed and safety are the three main factors to consider when whale watching, and often a skipper will be informed on the radio about a large group and he can make time and be in the right position as they pass by. Once the group have been spotted, the experienced captain can stay long side, and sometimes you can almost reach out and touch a fin, as the magnificent creature raises itself out of the water.
Whale watching has become a very popular activity, and with the current feeling for animal preservation, it is a unique experience to spend some time in the company of humpback whales.