Albatross and Wildlife Encounters Day Cruise
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Few people realise that there is a large oceanic park right at Sydney's doorstep! The waters off the coast of Sydney are teeming with an abundance of seabirds and marine mammals, a variety that you will see nowhere else in the world. This wildlife cruise will take you to the continental shelf, some 25 nautical miles out to sea, where you will be able to see these wonderful animals in their own territory. You will learn more about the environmental factors that threaten their fragile existence and about what we can do to ensure their survival for years to come. The species you may encounter vary with the season but will include members of many different families. During June and July you will get the chance to see the humpback whales on their northern migration. In September and October they will be passing Sydney on their migration south and it is not uncommon to have them swimming within metres of the boat! You may see sperm whales, false killer whales, pilot whales, dolphins, sharks, sunfish and an abundance of seabirds. From August to December you may catch a glimpse of the endangered wandering albatross - the largest of all seabirds with a wingspan of up to 3 metres! They can fly thousands of kilometres without pause and only need to touch land to nest and raise young. Unfortunately, this majestic species is threatened with extinction as a result of long-line fishing killing 100,000 albatrosses every year. On this cruise you will get to see these beautiful animals and learn more about their lives and what we can do to help ensure their survival. As the day goes on our knowledgeable guides will help you identify all of the species that you encounter during the cruise. A hydrophone is available for you to use to tune into whale songs. We are very lucky to have such a rich variety of marine life just off the coast of Sydney. Make the most of what you have around you and be one of the fortunate people to encounter such marvelous species in the wild.
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