A Whale of a Time
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Our beloved giant giants are out there again today, slowly making their way up north and never staying in one place long- like some kind of mystical sea gypsy from a fairy tale. We love it.
pan style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Lucida Grande"; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; color: #333333; background: white; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;"> On this morningâ€™s and this afternoonâ€™s cruise we found 3 pods of Humpbacks, each one up to their usual tricks of breaching, mugging and tail slapping. It never fails to impress us.
Watching the whales on their travels each day, determinedly swimming north, it starts to beg the question-what is whale migration all about?
pan style="font-size: 10.0pt; font-family: "Lucida Grande"; mso-fareast-font-family: "Times New Roman"; color: #333333; background: white; mso-ansi-language: EN-AU;"> Whale migration is based on basic survival needs. During summer, whales migrate to cold waters where food is abundant. When the weather becomes colder, food becomes scarce and whales migrate to warmer water for mating and breeding.
e="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Verdana;">Most humpback whales make MAMMOTH journeys every year between their feeding and breeding site. Here in Surferâ€™s Paradise, we have the pleasure of viewing the whales from late May to early November, as they make their way to their breeding ground further north in Hervey Bay.
As seasons are reversed either side of the equator, Northern and Southern Hemisphere populations of humpbacks most likely will never meet; those in the north travel towards their breeding grounds in tropical waters as those in the south are travelling towards the pole to feed, and vice versa. Sounds a little bit Romeo and Juliet doesnâ€™t it? Or at the very least like two ships passing in the night.
Maybe we could learn a thing or two from our gentle giant friends. It certainly sounds like a good plan to escape the winter by going on an extended, leisurely holiday to the Gold Coast with family and friends. You might even fall in love along the wayâ€¦
Hope to see you back here again soon for some more Whale Tales!