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Half Day Whale Watching Adventure

Full Day eco-adventure
Island & Whale Tour

FUN WHALE FACTS

Amazing facts about these majestic giants of the deep

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The Humpback Whale (other wise know as Megaptera novaeangliae) is the fifth largest of the great whales.


Humpback whales grow 15 – 18 Metres long, and weigh between 27 – 45 tonnes, with mature females being larger than the males. Humpback whales have a life expectancy of 45 – 50 years.


You will encounter the gentle giant Humpback Whales on their annual migration from Antarctica to give birth or on their return journey with their calves.


During annual migration the Humpback Whale travels over 10,000 km.


During summer, Southern Hemisphere Humpbacks feed in Antarctic waters until late autumn when they begin migrating to their breeding and calving grounds in the warmer coastal waters of the South Pacific.


Pods - Groups of Whales are known as "Pods", averaging between two and eight whales.


The tail Fluke of each whale has its own unique markings, like a finger print to a human.


Other species that may be sighted include the Bottlenose Dolphin, the Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin, Long-beaked Common Dolphin, the Killer Whale (Orca) and the Dwarf Minke Whale.


A baby Whale is called a calf. When born the calf can be 2 – 3 meters long and weigh 1 – 1 ½ tonnes.


The new born whale calf can drink up to 600 litres of its mother's milk a day and this milk is as thick as toothpaste.


Breaching – The most spectacular behaviour of the Humpback Whale; as they launch themselves high out of the water with just a few beats of the tail. Sometimes twirling as they leap, and then slapping the water as they come back down.


Tail Slap – The most powerful part of the whale's anatomy is its tail. By smacking it forcefully on the surface of the water, Humpbacks produce loud clapping sounds with big splash displays. These can be heard for great distances by other whales.


The Blow – Humpback Whales have two blow holes, one for each lung. As the Whale breaks the surface of the water it exhales and produces a 2-3 meter cloud of vapour above the waterline.


Spy Hopping – A behaviour where a Humpback Whale will raise its head vertically out of the water to observe its surroundings. This usually lasts for about 30 seconds. Whales have great eyesight both above and under the water.


A Head Rise is similar to Spy-Hopping but the eyes remain under the water.


Pec Slapping – Often a Humpback Whale will lay on its back or side with one or both of its pectoral fins out of the water and slapping it onto the surface.


Fluke Up Dive – This is when a Humpback Whale arches their back and rolls forward to dive until only their tail us sticking out of the water.


Chin Slap – A Humpback Whale will leap forward into the air landing down on the surface of the water on its chin. This is often a sign of aggression or annoyance.


The Majestic White Whale 'Migaloo' ('White Fella' in the Aboriginal language)

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