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The’re back

Since December I have rarely seen the dolphins¬† at Sandpatches. I haven’t been able to get out there as much as normal, but even allowing for this they seem to have moved elsewhere. From time to time over the last five years they have done this but never for such a long time. I am guessing the food was more plentiful somewhere else.

Today they were swimming along the beach feeding, and then they would loop around for another sweep along the beach. This one decided to go for a quick surf.

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Close encounters

At Pt Picquet we often see whales (Humpbacks, Blue whales and Southern Right whales) pass very close to shore. Usually it is an inquisitive calf who lures mum in. I suppose the calves must get bored swimming thousands of kilometres in the open ocean. The following images were taken while flying a drone under a research permit.

 


Humpbacks

I went out on a small boat yesterday and these humpbacks put on a show for us. We were following them and lost them. Suddenly they appeared breaching about 50m in front of us. It was an awesome sight.


Recent sightings

On Saturday I went to Sandpatches and the dolphins were playing.

 

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Last night a storm moved in. We often see whales being active during a storm with lots of breaching. I suspect that in a storm the ocean is so noisy that breaching is the only means of communication that can be heard. These two whales breached fairly close to shore.

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The rough weather brings in albatrosses, shearwaters, and similar birds. The dark birds are probably shearwaters and the white bodied birds are Indian Yellow Nosed albatrosses.  They were all a long way out and the strong winds (> 40 knots) made for difficult conditions to photograph the sea birds!

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Not so quiet now.

The humpback migration seems to come in pulses – just when it seems that they are rushing past the numbers die off. The weekend was like that. Today they came back in a rush. The following photos were taken between 12:15 and 12:40. All are different breaches, and they are only shots of the closest pod. There were around 3 other pods breaching further out to sea.

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Its been quiet lately

There has been a lull in the numbers of humpbacks coming through Geographe Bay oover the last couple of days (they are still streaming past the west coast indicating they are coming south further out to sea for a few days. This one came through late in the day – hence the reddish look to the light.

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