18/10/2020 Blog by Marine Biologist Brooke Lloyd.
Today was a day full of Humpback mums and bubs! The first pair we spotted today were in the usual 30 metres deep of water as they cruised either side of the boat at different times during the day, the calf having such a stunning coloration. We watched this cruisey duo for about half an hour before proceeding to head closer to Rottnest Island where we came across more Humpback whales. At one stage we were surrounded by at least 3 pods of Humpbacks and another mum and calf pair. It was definitely a family outing for the whales today. At one stage you didn’t know where to look off the back of the boat, some whales at 10, 4 and 6 o’clock! There was also a close call with a smaller boat and a whale, as it sped right over the top of the whale, missing it narrowly. Unfortunately, death or injury from a vessel strike is one of the major threats to whale populations worldwide, from both large container ships and small speed boats alike. So, keep an eye out for those whales when on the water! As we headed back in today, we quickly stopped off to watch another Humpback surge past the boat, they must have been soaking in the lovely 28 degrees day today. Thank you to everyone who came out this morning, no afternoon tour today due to strong winds.