Are you ready for the 2014 Whale Watching season? All the Humpback facts you need, before you come cruising.
With the 2014 Whale watching Season officially open and ready for you; We thought this would be the ideal time to make sure you were all up to date with all of your Humpback facts before you come cruising with Whales in Paradise along the iconic Gold Coast coastline otherwise known as the “Humpback Highway”.
This year we can expect to see around 20,000 Humpback Whales on their annual migration from their feeding grounds in the cold waters of Antarctica to the warm tropical waters of far North Queensland, This annual migration encompassing more than 5000kms is one of the largest migrations taken on by any animal in the world.
To give you a comparison of this epic Migratory journey, The distance between the most Westerly point of Australia and the Most Easterly point of Australia is around 4000kms . It’s this expansive migratory route that leads them directly past the Gold Coast and into the sights of our amazed Whale Watchers.
Humpback Whales are known for their very energetic acrobatic displays, we commonly find these gentle giants frocking in the waters outside the Gold Coast Seaway, Entertaining onlookers with breaches, Spy hopping, Tail Slaps and much much more!! Nothing is more exhilarating than seeing a 40tonne Whale completely lift its enormous body from the water.No one knows exactly why Whales Breach, Some believe that it is to remove small parasites or barnacles, others believe it is a form of communication, while some people believe it is quite simply to have a good look around at their surroundings.
So your probably wondering,why these huge mammals make such a long trip each year, Apart from the fact that we have some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world; Well Humpback Whales are Mammals, and Mammals need air to survive this becomes quite difficult in the Antarctic when the winter months approach because the surface freezes over and doesn't allow Whales to break the surface for air.
So why return to Antarctica? Humpback Whales need to return to Antarctica because its freezing cold, pristine waters provide the most ideal environment for the Whales primary food source Krill. During the Summer months Humpbacks will consume around 2 tonnes of Krill a day, this ensure's they have a adequate fat supply to undertake their mammoth migratory mission with out feeding along way. Another reason for this huge adventure is to give birth to their young. A Humpback Whale’s gestation is around 11 months.
A Newborn calf only weighs around 2 tonnes when they are first born, so before they are ready to contend with the icy Antarctic they need to put on a thick layer of fat called blubber. Without this thick layer of fat calves would not be able to survive. Most people who travel on-board the Mahi Mahi agree that one of the most beautiful parts of Whale Watching is seeing Mothers with their newborn Calves, Whales in Paradise get the unique opportunity to see this both on their journey North and their journey South. How lucky are we!! Nothing is cuter than seeing a little calf happily suckling its Mothers Milk. If your lucky enough to see this it will be a memory that will last a lifetime.
A Humpbacks milk is specially formulated for its aquatic environment, It is made up of around 50% fat which allows it to hold its form in water, the milk is about the consistency of tooth paste. Another exciting part of Whale watching on the Gold Coast is seeing Mother whales teaching their young all there is to known about being a Whaley Whaley great Whale. Imagine seeing a huge Humpback Whale breach, that's exciting! But imagine if that huge breach was followed by a slighter smaller, slightly less coordinated and much much cuter splash of a baby Whale attempting to replicate its mothers majestic display, Most would agree that experience is priceless.
So what are you waiting for? Don't miss your opportunity to see these majestic creatures in their Natural Environment book your Gold Coast Whale Watch with Whales in Paradise today http://whalesinparadise.com.au/