Why Do Whales Migrate?

Humpback whales are incredible creatures found in oceans around the world. Humpback whales spend their lives following migratory patterns and undertake migratory journeys longer than that of nearly any other mammal on earth. Food and reproduction are the main reasons whales migrate, and fortunately, because they migrate in such a cyclical pattern, it makes it relatively easy to view them off the east coast of Australia.

Humpback Whale Migration Australia

Whales make one of the longest animal migrations known to man, and they do it without fail every single year. In the summertime, the humpbacks gather down south in the chilly arctic waters, where they are feeding plentifully on krill. This is their feeding season and it readies them for the long journey ahead.

As the weather begins to shift to winter, the migration starts and the humpbacks depart north for warmer waters. In these warm waters (such as those found in and around Jervis Bay) whales can safely give birth to their young. The temperate waters make survival easier for the young calves, and also avoid the presence of natural predators. Soon after, the whales mate again and the cycle starts anew.

Whale Watching Jervis Bay

Whale watching in Jervis Bay begins in May and continues until November. The humpbacks migrate on a yearly cycle, and though we don’t know the exact day when the whales will first be spotted in our area, their patterns are clear, and we always know when to expect their arrival. Our whale eco cruises run daily throughout these months, and sightings in almost always happen daily.

Witness the humpback whale migration first hand on one of whale cruises in Jervis Bay. You don’t need to bring much on your cruise, but we recommend a bottle of water, a jacket, sun protection, and your phone or camera. Check out our FAQ’s or contact us with any questions.

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