We’re over a week into our Gold Coast whale watching season and the conditions could not be more perfect. This winter has thus far blessed us with beautiful sunny weather (the perks of a Gold Coast ‘winter’) – mostly calm seas and light breezes have made for ideal sailing conditions.
As the season kicks off, sometimes the whales can have a bit of a sleepy start – which is where we employ the services of our ‘in air’ spotters. These spotters will radio to the Mahi Mahi as they spot the
Whale season at Whales in Paradise has kicked off in spectacular fashion! At 7:30am, our first tour of keen whale watching customers (and very excited crew) in 2015 set sail in search of the beautiful humpbacks the Gold Coast is famous for.
After a relaxing cruise through the canals, the Mahi Mahi headed out to the ocean where conditions were idyllic. A light north breeze and calm waters set the scene for spotting, with the crew eagerly on the lookout for whales in each corner of the boat.
The search continued for
What a phenomenal season we have had this year! We have been blown away with the number of whale pods that have migrated through the Gold Coast on their way to Antarctica.
Towards the end of the season we were lucky enough to see many mother Humpbacks with their calves and to see the mothers teaching their babies how to breach… This has been a fascinating calf development to watch.
On the Gold Coast we are very fortunate to have a longer whale watching season
Did you know that many whales are in fact toothless?
They use a plate of comb-like fibre called baleen to filter small crustaceans and other creatures from the water.
The arched lower lip of a whale can often make it look like it is smiling however, this isn’t a “real” smile as the blubber in the head of the whale prevents the muscles of the face from reaching the surface.
We’d like to thank Jane Ong for this fantastic photo of a humpback whale from our 11am cruise.
You can see right up close
Don’t let this heat get to you.. It is beautiful offshore today!
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We’d like to thank Tommy Lundmark for this beautiful photo of a young calf who was very happy go lucky in the beautiful sunshine on our 7:30am cruise.
With the sound of the Gold Coast 600 & V8 Supercars ripping through the streets and the smell of rubber burning in the air; it’s hard not to be revved up to see the whales on their way through..
As the season comes to an end, we have lots of people RACING to see the whales before they all leave the warmer waters of the Gold Coast.
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Our whale watching cruises have still been having awesome intimate encounters with the whales as they make their way back home with calves in tow.
The calves have usually been the most active, however we have seen Mum breach in unison a few times as if playing with her young.
We also had a pod of three whales yesterday who were so curious by our presence that they couldn’t seem to get close enough. They love to come up close to us and check out what all the fuss is about. We encourage our
Perfect conditions, flat calm water and a mother and calf practising breaching for over an hour right next to the boat!
We were so lucky to have a young whale be so active for so long! We lost count as to how many breaches the little guy did but boy was it a sight to see!
Mum wasn’t too far away, clapping her pectoral fins on the water (waving at us on the boat) and breaching in unison with him!
Check out the footage from our MORNING CRUISE which was featured on CH 7
We have been very lucky this season to see so many calves and young whales migrating back from the Great Barrier Reef, where mating and birthing took place.
We have noticed how strong the bond between mother and calf is; with calves staying mostly eyeball to eyeball or within pectoral fin distance of their mother. We have also noticed that the time spent in the warmer waters has mainly consisted of feeding, resting and playing. It has been great seeing the younger whales learning how to breach and tail slap from their mothers.
Thank you to Michelle for sending us this beautiful photo from yesterday’s cruise!
What beautiful conditions it was for Whale Watching!
If you are thinking of coming out Whale Watching, now is the time!
We have only a few weeks left of the season and the conditions are mighty fine.
The days are starting to get warmer and the whales are enjoying the sun very much, spending longer amounts of time at the surface!
It’s now or… next season! We’ll hear from you soon!
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