It’s fair to say that few animals have a hold on the popular imagination quite like whales. They have come to symbolise so much throughout literature and pop culture over the centuries, from a force of raw nature in Moby Dick to intergalactic forces for good (yes, really) in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home to the hilarious yet heartwarming impetus for us hearing Ellen DeGeneres “speak whale” as Dory in Finding Nemo. People come from all over the world to get a glimpse of these majestic creatures, with many of those individuals making their way to Sydney in order to do so, and for good reason. Sydney is lucky enough to be home to some of the best waters in which to watch whales, particularly as they pass by during their migration seasons.
If you’re looking to enjoy some whale watching during your trip to Sydney, you’ll want to maximise your chances of actually seeing whales on your expedition. Here, then, are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind to maximise the overall fun factor when you go on an expedition for whale watching in Sydney.
Dress for the Weather
One of the most common mistakes people make when going whale watching is failing to account for the weather. You may think that because it’s a bright sunny day when you begin your expedition that it’ll be tropically warm waters ahead, and thus there’ll be no need to bring a hoodie or overcoat. Nothing could be further from the truth. Remember, the temperature and weather at sea isn’t necessarily the same as it is in Sydney itself. The wind coming off the water can make things feel much cooler, to say nothing of the potential for light rain or your boat being splashed as whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures breach the water. As such, it always pays to have that aforementioned hoodie, overcoat, or other warm weather apparel on hand just in case. If you don’t need it, great, and if you do, it’s better to wear that than spend your whole whale watching trip shivering.
Then there’s the whales themselves. There are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind about whales and Sydney’s sea life when booking a whale watching trip, including the following:
- The chance of seeing whales on your expedition depends entirely on the behaviour of the whales themselves. They are wild creatures, and cruise personnel do not have control over them. It is therefore advisable that you come at times of day and periods during the year (for example, during the migration season) when they are most active.
- Likewise, your chances of seeing whales breach, swim past, or do anything else is dependent on the whales’ behaviour that day.
- Even if you aren’t able to see whales, whale watching expeditions typically come across a wide range of other incredible sea creatures, from dolphins to seals.
- You’ll want to keep your eyes and ears peeled in the event that you do come across whales, as they can move surprisingly quickly.
- The whales can also come incredibly close to the ships.
- Above all, please be respectful of the whales.
Book your expedition and experience one of nature’s most incredible creatures like never before.