It was early in the morning towards the end of the migration season when a pod of these iconic majesties cruised by just out the back to resume their trip back home to the Southern Ocean. What a special sight this was. I’ve seen similar before where there were so many whales in Byron Bay and, come morning, they cruise past the surfers and back out into the ocean. I have wondered if they hang in the Bay overnight for some reason. Maybe the bay’s waters are calmer? Maybe it’s out of the shipping lanes or away from noise? Who knows?
Anyway, I recently learnt that they have a feeding season in the Southern Ocean. Krill which found in the Antarctic waters, is their favourite. It’s slimmer pickings on the migration. They feed on plankton and small fish.
Hail the whales!