Whales passing by Mollymook
Surf Board riders and Southern Right whale in front of the Mollymook Beach Waterfront Accommodation
Whale of a Time: They have been referred to as the ‘Pop Stars’ of the sea. It is around this time of the year that they begin making their appearance passing by Mollymook on their way south with their calves. Guests at Mollymook Beach Waterfront have enjoyed sitting on their private decks watching these huge mammals, the biggest on the planet showing off and performing. The September – October period is generally the best time to view them as they pass by our local area.
The top and bottom pics are Southern Right whales, massive and a bit more placid whereas the breaching and performing whales are the ‘Humpback’ variety. Renowned for their spectacular ocean antics, humpbacks will leap out of the water, roll in the air with their huge fins outstretched like wings and crash noisily back into the ocean.
Measuring 14 to 18 metres at maturity and weighing up to 50 tonnes, humpback whales can be easy to see due to their active behaviour. They also have unique black and white markings on the underside of their tail flukes and arch steeply as they dive – hence the name.
Interestingly, the Southern Right and Humpback whales follow a similar route each year.
Whales, Dolphins and surfers perform at Mollymook Beach
This whale just leapt, and its full body cleared the water
A whale of a performance in closer
Whale sighting have been almost a daily occurrence here at Mollymook: “The pop stars of the sea are on their way and the NSW coastline is once again in the box seat to view their annual migration” wrote Sandra Fabretti.
Literally 100’s and 100’s of whales are presently migrating north on their epic voyage from the icy seas of the Antarctic to the warmer northern Australian waters, some 10,000 kilometres to give birth to their calves before making the journey back with their newborn.
At Mollymook the whale watching season begins during June – July as they head north and then their return journey takes place from about September through to November when they return with their calves and head to their feeding grounds at the south pole.
Sightings by Mollymook Beach Waterfront accommodation guests’ have been predominately of the ‘Humpback’ and ‘Southern Right’ whales. They seem to both follow a similar route. Its the humpbacks that are renown for their spectacular ocean antics, leaping out of the water, rolling in the air with their huge fins outstretched like wings and crash noisily back into the ocean.
They can measure between 14 to 18 metres at maturity and weigh up to 50 tonnes. They are easily recognised due to their active behaviour and unique black and white markings. (Click on images to enlarge)
Whales frolic on the NSW South Coast of Mollymook Beach, Ulladulla & Bawley Point.
Where have all the whales been? This has been the question on many peoples lips these past few weeks. The Telegraph ran an article 3 weeks ago reporting that the whales were migrating south further out to sea due to the currents.
Well that has certainly changed this past week with spectacular performances off Bannister Head, Mollymook Beach and the Ulladulla light house with further reports off Bawley Point. Guests at Mollymook Beach Waterfront relaxed on their deck and were entertained in spectacular fashion on Friday and Saturday October 19 & 20, 2012. Earlier in the week guests from Tumut had reported exciting performances off Mollymook Beach and the Ulladulla Light House viewing vantage points. Similarly the council land adjoining Bannisters Resort, the “Secret Garden” just a 100 or so metres up the road and the Bannister Headland “Rain Forrest walk” offered excellent vantage points for viewing the whales from land. (Click on images to enlarge)
Whale Watching at Mollymook Beach Waterfront Accommodation
Mollymook Whale watching is best during the September – October period when they are returning with their calves heading south. At this time of the year it is not uncommon for them to put on a lovely display in front of the Mollymook Beach Waterfront accommodation to the delight of tourist / guests.
During their journey north during June and July they are still obvious but usually a little further out to sea and not performing as they normally do on their return journey in September – October as they continue their migration along the NSW coastline.
Pics taken in front of Mollymook Beach Waterfront accommodation.
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Whales heading south towards Ulladulla
Now is the best time to witness these majestic creatures. At present there are 100’s of whales moving south with their calves in plain view from our Mollymook accommodation facilities.
This morning 12 were counted in the space of an hour frolicking in the waters off Mollymook Beach. So I paddled out on my surf ski and sat in awe of these gentle giants, I took numerous pictures as you can see on this page which are also presently on display in the Mollymook News.
Accommodation at Mollymook Beach Waterfront, guests can relax on their private deck or sit inside and enjoy uninterrupted ocean views of the whales during their migrating season and dolphins and board riders surfing the Mollymook Reef Break.
Alternatively should guests wish to get “up front & personal” they receive 20% discount off their fare to cruise Jervis Bay on board Dolphin Watch Cruises.
Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla web editor is Ken Banks, operator of the award winning 4 1/2 star Mollymook Beach Waterfront accommodation.