|Three Whales in Sync! (calf on left)
When we started out and saw the first lot of humpback whales, one of the guys running the cruise said it was Humpback Highway and we'd be sick of them when we finished the trip. I wasn't sick of them, but it was a highway. I have never seen so many! And so close!
|The shot that had the most of a body!
Oh, and yes, I do live on the south coast of NSW where the whales do cruise past twice a year...but there was something magical about being up north where they play and birth and stick around. Plus if you can't see whale sharks...whales are the next best thing!
A few Humpback facts:
Australian humpbacks migrate to warmer waters by heading north between June and August.
They head back south between September and November.
While they're up north (or heading north), they give birth to their young.
They grow to a length of about 16 metres and weight of 40 tonnes.
They have exceedingly long pectoral fins (I think one of the guys on the snorkelling tour said they had the largest pectoral fin:body ratio - but I can't find that info anywhere)
The Australian Marine Mammal Centre coordinates Australian marine mammal research, which includes sightings and rescues of whales.