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Sunshine Coast Humpback Whale Reports

Frst-hand Whale Watching Experiences


Entries found here are from Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast whale watching trips from whale season 2020 all the way back to 2011. 

9 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

Whales, whales, and more whales today! We were surrounded by humpbacks in all directions, and stopped counting after 20 different pods were seen. Our morning started quiet, with three to four minute down-times, then we picked up a tail slapping, peduncle throwing male who went...

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8 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

Weather was true Sunshine Coast weather today. Lots of blue sky and relatively calm seas with conditions staying that way all day. So many whales today! It was like peak hour on the freeway. From the break water to as far as we ventured out some five kilometres, and there was a...

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6 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

It’s Friday and the whales know it! As our introduction to whale watching this morning we had a mum and calf breaching, tail slapping and tail lobbing just two minutes out from the headland. A big male moved in and the mum’s behaviour radically changed. She quickly took her...

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4 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

Our first whale was spotted 2.1 nautical miles off Point Cartwright! A mother and calf came in to say hello as they swam right under our boat. These two stayed around our boat for 20 minutes. The calf was very curious about all the humans waved and whistling at him, so he...

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2 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

A more challenging day, weather-wise, though we saw our guests rewarded with a magical display of whale watching this morning. We didn't need to venture too far to see many pods of mothers and calves with the little ones doing multiple breaches and mothers very active with...

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1 October 2017 Whale Watching Report

It didn’t take long to find our humpback friends today – we were surrounded by these amazing creatures on every trip today and watched on as they made their way south on their journey to Antarctica! On all our trips we were able to find them very easily with the sprayed water...

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30 September 2017 Whale Watching Report

The morning cruise started off very quiet with the ocean dead flat calm, and the humpback whales talking advantage of the smooth seas by resting or spending long periods underwater. Our best pod of whales were right in front of Mooloolaba beach only 300 metres out from the...

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28 September 2017 Whale Watching Report

What a day had onboard Whale One today. Each cruise had some of the greatest displays of whales seen. We watched two pods of mums and calves come together to play and they really put on a show for us. We're sure the calves were trying to outbreach each other with tails slaps,...

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27 September 2020 Whale Watching Report

The skipper said "Our first cruise today the whales went nuts". We found a mum and calf five minutes off the headland and they were amazing! It started with the mum performing huge head lunges followed by the calf breaching at least 30 times close to everyone on board. Mum then...

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26 September 2017 Whale Watching Report

Mother and calves galore today! Our first trip for the day we had two humpback whales, a mother and calf, near Alexandra Headland Beach. These two ended up giving us a great show with both doing breaches and tail slaps. Our second trip saw another mother and calf for over an...

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25 September 2017 Whale Watching Report

Monday, Monday! Our first cruise for the day started out with spotting our humpback whale buddies at La Balsa Park, which is 300 metres inside the river mouth. We found a beautiful mum and calf playing together and slowly swimming to the mouth. We then spotted breaches off the...

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9 September 2017

On another beautiful sunny morning out on the water, we caught sight of a young mother and her calf around Point Cartwright. The playful calf was happily swimming with mum, as we followed alongside them for a few miles. This gorgeous pair then met up with some more whales where...

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28 June 2017

Great weather conditions on the sunshine coast today, perfect for whale watching! Today we saw a pod of 4 whales who came in for close up encounters! They swam around our boat and displayed plenty of surface behaviours such a tail slaps, pec slaps and even breaching! One Whale...

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27 June 2017

Whales galore today!! We started off the morning with a sighting of a pod of 4 Humpback Whales about 4 nautical miles off shore. These whales came in for an hour long close up encounter with our boat as well as providing us with a show of plenty surface behaviours such a pec...

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8 August 2013

This mornings whale watching cruise turned into an ecotourism event, we found a whale about 5 miles out, just after 9am. Pretty quickly it became clear that the poor Humpback was tangled up in a net. We followed the whale for most of our time out as we alerted the proper...

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