Whales and dolphins are one of the wildlife attractions on Bruny Island that many visitors are interested in. Currently, there are no specific whale and dolphin watching trips, but, whales and dolphins are often observed from Bruny island Cruises. It is therefore, a good idea not to go out on a trip specifically looking for whales and dolphins unless there are other more certain features to make it worthwhile. The cruises going out from Adventure Bay are specifically designed as Eco cruises and not whale and dolphin cuises.
With over 3000 k of coastline around Bruny Island, marine wildlife is abundant and the sea cliffs and scenery are the extra attraction the make a whale and dolphin watching trip a sensible reason to venture out. You will certainly see seals on your tip, as well as sea birds, including Abertross. To see Cetaceans, in other words whales and dolphins, there are several possibilities of species that may be sighted.
Dolphins of various species are seen around the waters of Bruny Island. 'Bottle nose', 'duskies', and 'common' are generally around, the area and sometimes pods of dolphins come close in to shore.
Whales are migratory mamal and occur at certain times of year. Southern right whales occur off the Tasmanian coastline during autumn and winter. They are sometimes seen in family groups or in pairs with small calves. Also there are sightings of the Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae and pilot whales. Although rare, Blue whales have also been sighted off Bruny, they are now not common, but used to be in times gone past. The early 1800s was a particularly profitable time for whaling in Tasmania and by the 1840s the numbers had declined dramatically with the last whaling ship returned to Hobart in 1900.
Whatever the risks of dissapointment, the chance to see whales and dolphins in their natural environment is a risk well worthwhile taking.