What many whale lovers don’t realize is that they won’t see a whale breaching on every day of their whale watching tour! When you go to observe these cetaceans in the wild, it means you are viewing untrained, wild animals. Thus, while you can see how they will behave in their natural environment, you can’t expect them to do your bidding! Moreover, we always let our customers know that when they go whale watching with us, our skippers will maintain a respectful distance from the whales at all times. To observe the complete range of behaviours that whales can adopt, it is better you go on multiple whale watching tours in different seasons!
However, that doesn’t mean that if you are lucky, the whales won’t display the whole range during your tour. Here are some things that you should know when you go whale watching in Sydney.
[I]s the best time to go whale watching? Well, we offer affordable whale watching tours throughout the annual Humpback whale migration. This means, you can come visit the whales anytime between the months of May, June, and July. If you visit in August, you will be able to spot the whales who are still travelling northwards or the ones who are returning to the south.
If you find a good deal, then you can also come visit in the months of September, October, and all the way up to November. This is the season when most of the whales will be coming back to south.
Our customers often ask us if they should pick a time in the morning for whale watching or if it would be better in the afternoon. We tell them all they have to do is get themselves signed up for whale watching tour. The timing really doesn’t factor in. Sometimes, the whales will be more active in the afternoons while at other times, they will be displaying an impressive range of behaviours in the morning!
[C]lose will you be while whale watching? Most of the times, the answer to this question depends on the whales themselves. Since we always follow the regulations, we ensure that our water vessels are at least 100 metres away from adult whales. Even so, there have been many instances of “mugging”, which leaves the customers delighted. The word refers to the more curious Humpback whales coming close enough that the boat cannot move!
[T]ype of whale are you most likely to see during whale watching? The most commonly spotted marine celebrities on such tours happen to be the Humpbacks. If you arrive at the right time, then you might even see other types, such as the Brydes, Southern Right, Sei, Minke, and Blue whales. Other non-whale members making an appearance during the show include the Bottlenose and Common Dolphins, Orcas, Australian Fur Seals, and even False Killer Whales.
Author’s Bio: Eva Davies is a writer and marketer for Oz Whale Watching in Australia. In her free time, she’s doing film photography, cinema, and poetry.