Australian Fur Seals
Duration: 90 minutes - Phillip Island
Type: Groups, Shared.
Departs: Wednesday & Fridays
Interests: Birds, Marine Mammals.
In the summer months, Short-tailed Shearwaters are found along the south and south-east coasts of Australia, with over 20 million birds making the trek from the northern Pacific, off Japan, Siberia and Alaska every year to breed, being one of the world’s greatest migrations. This Shearwater Twilight Cruise runs from San Remo to Cape Woolamai east of Melbourne, where guests have the opportunity to see the shearwaters return home to their rookeries amongst the spectacular cliffs and caves of Cape Woolamai whilst learning about local birdlife and marine life through expert on board commentary and interpretation.
The cruise departs from the San Remo jetty, a picturesque fishing harbour at the start of Phillip Island bridge. On board the 'Kasey Lee' catamaran, guests can choose from indoor or outdoor seating with light nibbles and onboard bar available. While cruising out enjoying the beautiful twilight conditions, guests should be on the lookout for marine wildlife with regular sightings of Australian Fur Seals, Bottlenose or Common dolphins and various birds like the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Australasian Gannet, Crested Tern and Shy Albatross.
The captain and crew will provide commentary on the local historical sites of Cape Woolamai and are experts at finding fascinating wildlife. As the boat approaches the spectacular cliff formations of the cape, large flocks of Short-tailed Shearwaters will pepper the horizon. These amazing birds travel to Australia each year, with around 280 colonies and 23 millions birds returning to breed off mainland south-eastern Australia and Tasmania. They can dive up to an incredible depth of 10 metres to catch fish and fly at speeds up to 85 km/h. They are found Australian shores over the summer months before they take a mammoth 16,000 kilometre (10,000 mile) journey to islands off the coast of Alaska, which will take them 6 weeks!
After enjoying an unforgettable sunset and plenty of photo opportunities of the landscapes and local birdlife, the boat will return to San Remo.