Did you know that dolphin pods can extend to more than a thousand members? Or that individual dolphins have been known to use conches to catch their prey? Or that whales sometimes work in teams of ‘herders’ and ‘bubble blowers’ to capture and catch large quantities of fish? Well there’s a lot more to discover and learn about these mysterious and beguiling creatures than you could imagine, and the whale watching platform on Belinda Street—along with other key observation points on the headland— make Gerringong a prime spot to do it.
It’s such a prime spot because every year, between May and November, some 20,000 humpback, southern right, and minke whales embark on the long and difficult journey from the chilling waters of the south to the warming waters of the north. It’s one of the most spectacular mammal migrations on the planet, and the best part is you don’t have to be David Attenborough or one of his camera crew to secure a ringside seat.
It’s also good to know that, when the whale season has finished for the year in NSW, down in Jervis Bay up to 120 resident bottlenose dolphins stick around for anyone who feels like paying them a good visit. Pretty sporting we think. And, if you’re lucky, you might get to see a few seals, penguins, and albatrosses, too.