Daily Whale Report

blog2What an amazing day we had out on the water this morning.  There was beautiful sunny weather today and calm seas which made it perfect for smooth cruising.  We also had another amazing experience and close encounter with a huge super-pod of six whales who were curious by our presence.  They swam quite close to the boat and started lifting their heads out of the water to check us out.  This included head lunging, where the whales slam there head on the surface of the water.  I think they wanted our attention 🙂

Amongst these whales swimming around our boat were some dolphins.  These dolphins were quite curious too and were popping their heads out of the water to see who we were.  One of the whales came so close, that we could see that it had a really long pectoral fin.  These fins are on the sides of the whales' body that help them swim through the water.

The scientific name for a humpback whale is "Megaptera Novaeangliae".  'Mega' - means large, and 'Ptera' means wings.  Novaeangliae - means New England, because that was the most recent classification that was created for their name.  Humpback whales are the most common breed of whale that we see pass through our waters here on the Gold Coast.