30 Nov 2018

If you have travelled with us recently, you have most likely been lucky enough to spot a humpback whale playing in the blue Whitsunday waters!

 

The humpback whale is a species of baleen whale.

Adults range from 12-16m long (half the length of most of Cruise Whitsunday’s vessels!) and weigh around 25-30 metric tons – that’s 5 times heavier than an elephant!

Humpback whales are easy to recognise because of their distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and knobbly head.

Humpback whales love breaching and playing on the water’s surface – putting on a fantastic show for visitors to the Whitsundays!

Every year from April to November, Humpback Whales make their northern migration up the East Coast of Australia, they can be spotted between May and October in the Whitsundays.

They spend their summer in Antarctic waters feeding on krill, then migrate 10,000 km north, finding warmer waters to mate and give birth.

Groups of young males lead the migration while the pregnant cows and cow-calves follow.

These majestic creatures were once a target for the whaling industry, with the populations falling 90%! Now protected, there are around 80,000 humpback whales worldwide.

 

Keep your eyes peeled – the whales are venturing closer to the islands everyday!

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