The Captain’s Log

DH staff FIona dolphins side of ship sailing the Whitsundays

Whales, dolphins and turtles visit Derwent Hunter

Our staff are turtle and dolphin whisperers!

What an exhilarating week we’ve had. Not only have we had a really cool visit from a young whale, but dolphins and more turtles as well!

It seems all a customer has to do is ask* and one of our crew will activate their “turtle whispering” or “dolphin whispering” powers and call them in!

Fi produced this beautiful pod of dolphins who rode our bow wave for a little while.

Amy called in the turtles at Stonehaven, who then proceeded to come right up to the dinghy! Talk about close encounters.

And all this after we had Mantarays last week too. That’s a good portion of ‘The Great Eight‘ in just a few days, and we do regularly see all of the eight in our little neck of the woods, and more.

*Crew may or may not be able to produce wildlife sightings on demand… but they do try!

DH staff FIona dolphins side of ship sailing the Whitsundays

Whitsunday whale sighting from Derwent Hunter tallship adventures

Whales, whales everywhere!

Scientists have estimated there are over 30,000 whales migrating north this year, and we are seeing them most days. Playful displays like this juvenile male humpback whale showed us are a bit special. He came right into shore, and then started showing off, breaching and splashing about before swimming off to the north.

How do we know he was male? Juvenile males will often leave their mother’s pod when they reach sexual maturity, which for a humpback is about the time they get to be 15 feet in length. They will often travel in small pods with other young males, often as few as two, which is just what we saw. At this time of year the mature females usually have new calves of their own, and their juvenile females (not this year’s calf) is still with them.

young male whale at stonehaven in the Whitsunday Islands with Derwent Hunter

Humpback whale breaching in the Whitsunday Islands with Derwent Hunter

Humpback whales in the distance in the Whitsunday Islands with Derwent Hunter


Airlie Beach Race Week begins

It’s the biggest sailing regatta in Airlie Beach with over 130 yachts expected to compete, and it’s got a great social atmosphere on shore too.

Join in if you are in town, come down to the Whitsunday Sailing Club every night for food stalls and live music on the lawn.

Dates: 10 – 17 August

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