The whales are heading south now with their newly born calves. In winter, Antarctic food becomes scarce and the waters become far too cold for these warm-blooded mammals. The cold would kill any new-born calves and Queensland waters offer warmth, plentiful food and protection.
On the journey home, the little ones conserve their energy by riding the slipstream of their mother’s wake. They position themselves just behind and beside her dorsal fin. The water flowing between helps the young calf keep pace with her mother. They stop, rest and play frequently so we get to enjoy the journey home with them and now is the perfect time to see them.