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June 22, 2015

Whale Watching

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Port Macquarie.

I went for a whale-watching ride this morning. Only forty bucks! It was a bargain. We saw heaps of whales. Plus an extra added bonus – an albatross. First time photographed. Not sure which one yet. The company is called Cruise Adventures and they operate from the wharf at the riverside at Port Macquarie. Highly recommended.

Humpback Whale
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae).

Humpback Whales are mammals – they breathe air, are warm-blooded and females suckle their young. Their scientific name is Megaptera novaeangliae. Our Humpback whales migrate north each winter along the east coast of Australia to the Great Barrier Reef.

Humpback Whale tail
Humpback Whale tail

The tail of the Humpback Whale has unique markings and these can be used by researchers to identify individual whales.

Humpback Whale fin
Humpback Whale fin

Humpback Whale breaching
Humpback Whale breaching

This is the nostril of the whale from which the “blow” is expelled. The whale has strong muscles attached to its diaphragm to propel as much air out of its lungs as possible.

Humpback Whale spout
Humpback Whale spout

Humpback Whale tail
Humpback Whale tail

This one is either a Shy Albatross or White-capped. Even the experts cannot tell them apart. doh!

Yellow-nosed Albatross
Shy Albatross or White-capped Albatross ?

I think this might be a Yellow-nosed Albatross. I am awaiting confirmation. Edit: Yes, this is a Yellow-nosed Albatross.

Yellow-nosed Albatross
Yellow-nosed Albatross (Diomedea chlororhynchos)

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