September 11, 2018

Whales that visit Jervis Bay.

Whales that visit Jervis Bay.

Jervis Bay is becoming a popular Whale stopping spot for many different species of whales. Often Whales are travelling through but occasionally we have whales stopping and visiting us here in Jervis Bay.

There are two main forms of whales are baleen plated whales and toothed whales. The two types of whales have different diets and preferred habitats.

The Mysticeti (Baleen) that we encounter in Jervis Bay are: Humpback whales, Southern Right Whales, Minke Whales and even Blue Whales.  So far, this whale watching season we have been very lucky to have sightings of seen all of these whales except a blue whale (southern blue and pygmy whales)! Although there is still plenty of time and not too much is known about them or their habitats.

The Odontoceti (toothed), is a very large group of cetaceans. On the odd occasion we also encounter false killer whales, killer whales and sperm whales! (Dolphins belong in this category too). We did see false killer whales outside Jervis Bay earlier in the year, we have yet to come across the others. A large pod of Orca or Killer Whales were seen off Sydney a few months ago, we are yet to encounter any..  They are seen this time of year following newborn calves and mothers on the migration..


Photo: Scott Shehan – Marine Mammal Research- 2009.

You never know what you might see when out on the water, which is always exciting especially when we see something unfamiliar.

You have to be out there to be in with a chance!


Featured Image: Maree Clout

"I really respect that the whale was more important than us"

Arrived just in time from our overnight stay in Canberra to go on the cruise. We got to see two whales swimming and breaching. Was a spectacular sight. The operators stayed what I though was a decent distance from the whales and when they had gone into the bay and another operator went in further than we did our guy decided that we would move away to give the whales space to get out of the bay. I really respect that the whale was more important that us . Well done