Late in August, we enjoyed a whale watching cruise out of Mooloolaba. Whale One leaves from the Wharf complex at Mooloolaba and heads out to sea to look for whales.
As you can see from the background, we didn’t have to go far to come across our first whale encounter. This was closely followed our second whale who was ready to play and show off.
Breaching, clapping, tail slapping and just generally showing off, the second whale put on a quite a performance before they slid quietly under the surface to do whatever whales do.
Have you noticed how close to the beach we are? Not far is it. For those who worry about sea sickness, just take that calming tablet before you leave and there’s a pretty good chance you won’t even notice, particularly if you meet some entertaining whales!
Humpbacks are a species of baleen whale. These adults can weight 25-30 tons, with a length of 12-16 metres. Their distinctive knobbly head, long pectoral fins and body shape, along with their love of breaching, playing on the surface, make them very popular with whale watchers.
Capturing these majestic creatures on camera is not easy. You’re never sure where they will surface or what their next move will be. And it happens quickly, very fast. No time to set up here, so be ready for some quick shots.
It’s quite an experience to be an experience to be aboard a whale watching boat. Especially when the excited chatter turns to hush, as expectant faces hold cameras and phones on the hope of capturing the magic of the day.
These guys are wild creatures, doing their thing. You cannot guarantee they will be around or, if they are, that they will take the time to play for your amusement. Try not to be disappointed if you don’t see any on your trip, you will have a credit towards another trip, which hopefully will be one of the most heartwarming experiences of your life.
Create beautiful memories, by taking a trip. Highly recommend Whale One, the crew were great and the amenities on board include snacks and a bar. There was plenty of room for all to move around too. Just remember to share the space and change location onboard, so others can have a look from a different area. Enjoy the ride!