Whales in Paradise spot first Calf for the 2016 Whale Watching season

Whales in Paradise spot first Calf for the 2016 Whale Watching season

Whales in Paradise

Whales in Paradise spot first calf for the 2016 Whale Watching season last Friday morning. The first whale calf was spotted only 2 kilometers directly in front of the Surfers Paradise beach and was believed to be less than 2 days old. Crowds of people were on the Surfers Paradise beach front, trying to get a glimpse as the calf's mother spent long periods of time playing around on the surface. The lucky ones, were the customers onboard the newest vessel in the Whales in Paradise fleet, whom were able to see both mother and calf from a much closer vantage point. The whales were very relaxed and the calves mother, appeared to introduce the calf to the people onboard the Whales in Paradise vessel.

Whales and Paradise were excited to report the first calf of the Gold Coast 2016 Whale Watching season and had 2 further sightings of newborns over the past weekend. Humpback Whale mothers travel long distances each year to get to the warmer waters of Queensland to mate and calve. The warmer waters provide an ideal enviroment for the small calf to gain some weight prior to having to make it's first journey back to Antartica.

A Humpback Whale calf is born between 10 and 15 feet in length when born and weighs up to 1 ton. The characteristic barnacles under the chin are, of course, not there so a newborn calf is a perfect specimen. The calf is brought to the surface by it's mother, for it’s first breath of air and from then on begins to swim and act like a fully grown whale.

Humpback Whales are mammals and drink mothers milk from birth. The female Humpback Whales milk is rich in fat with up to 60% of the milk being fat. The consistency is thought to be is similar to toothpaste. This high fat content, ensures the calf puts on weight quickly for it’s long migration back to Antartica where it will enter freezing water temperatures.

A baby Humpback whale will consume around 200+ litres of milk per day. You can identify a feeding calf because the female Humpback usually stays underwater while the calf returns to the surface every few minutes to breath between feeding. Patience is a must when watching humpback whales and this is especially so, when calves are in the water.

A baby Humpback will usually surface 4-6 times before you see the mother surface to breath. There are exceptions to this rule as a few females will feed their calves by remaining motionless in an upright position with their tail in the air while the calf feeds under water though this type of feeding position is relatively rare.

The best vantage point to see Humpback Whales and their newborn calves, is of course onboard one of the Whales in Paradise Whale watching vessels.

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