20 tonnes of love: whale watching season

Imagine fitting 11 elephants, 22 cars or 600 people on to a giant weight scales  Apart from it probably feeling very crowded, the weight of one of these three categories is roughly the same as a standard whale.

The annual whale watching season takes place in three stages. Whales are at the moment heading north to warmer waters (mid-May to July) for breeding and to give birth. That’s a whole lot of loving! 

Apparently there’s plenty of fish in the sea, but the whale dating game is more than just a swiping left or right (Twitter for whales is surprisingly still not a thing).

 

The males will tail slap and breach to impress, whereas the females will use similar behaviours as a form of aggression towards the males if they are not happy.

 

In August and September, adult and juvenile whales begin returning south towards the Antarctic, while calves and their mothers make the journey south in October and November.

The original ‘Cruise watching’ company of the South Coast: Dolphin Watching Cruises Jervis Bay.  As the name implies, they offer dolphin AND whale watching cruises, plus special event cruises, education on our marine creatures and information on the surrounding areas.

Listen to our Breakfast team Grace and Liam chat with Sam from Dolphin Watching Cruises, Jervis Bay:

 

Written by Joanna Lodge