Top 10 Whale Watching Facts
If you’re looking for fun facts on Whale Watching along the East coast, then you have come to the right place. Read a little further to discover the 10 most interesting Whale Watching facts, compiled by the one and only team at Whales in Paradise.
- There are currently more than 19,000 Humpback Whales making their annual migration along the East Coast of Australia, from the cold waters of Antarctica to warm waters of Far North Queensland, This is amazing considering less than 30 years ago their were less than 300 Humpback whales left after the population was hunted to near extinction.
- The majority of Whales that you see Whale watching with Whales in Paradise don’t have teeth! So how do they eat? Well instead of teeth they have baleen plates, Baleen is a strong and flexible material that helps make up our hair and fingernails. Whales have hundreds of these baleen plates hanging from their top jaw. These long plates act as a sieve to allow the whales to snack on their favorite food Krill. The Whales can take a huge gulp of Krill and push the water out with their tongue using the baleen plates to sieve the water.
- Humpback Whales are mammals, which means they need to return to the surface of the ocean on a regular basis to fill their lungs with air, each lung is the same size as a small car! Wow that’s huge
- Whales are identified using the unique markings on their tail fluke, like humans and their fingerprints; no two tail flukes are the same. National Parks and Wildlife use the process of photographing and cataloguing individual tails to help record and track Whale population numbers as they migrate along the East Coast
- The largest ever recorded Whale was a blue whale measuring 111 feet long this is approximately the length of 3 school buses parked all in a line or just over a third of a football field long. No wonder they live in the ocean, Imagine how big a whale house would have to be!!!
- Scientists can learn the age of a Whale by looking at the wax plug in a Whales ear, Ewwww!!! The wax plug has a pattern of layers, that when cut lengthwise allows Scientists to count and estimate the age of a Whale.
- Humpback Whales take on the largest migration of any mammal in the world, making the epic 3000km migratory journey each year.
- The gestation of a Whale is around 11months, for the optimum birth environment, the water should be around 22-25 degrees. This is the most important reason for their annual migration.
- Humpback Whales love to play, In fact they are renowned around the world for their acrobatic ability’s despite weighing up to 45tonnes they have the ability to completely leap from the water on a regular basis. This exciting maneuver is called a breach. The crew at Whales in Paradise all agree that it doesn’t matter how many times you see a Whale breach, It never gets less mind blowing.
- A Newborn blue whale calf, when born is around 7.5 meters long and can weigh as much as 100 average sized men. The baby Whale feeds on its mother’s milk, which allows it to gain around 3.7 kilograms an hour!! That’s about the size of the average newborn baby.
So what are you waiting for? Reading about these majestic creatures is one thing, but getting up close and personal is the ultimate experience. If you haven't been Whale watching with Whales in Paradise then your missing out, Our friendly crew are second to none. We can't wait to welcome you aboard, We have 3 cruises departing daily all from our convenient location right in the heart of Surfers Paradise.