Whaling in Freycinet

Whaling in Freycinet began in 1824.  Among the entrepreneurial business men first settled in the area was Swansea resident George Meredith, who established a whale fishery, The Old Fishery, at Parsons Cove. It operated until the mid 1830s. Methods of pursuit, capture and slaughter in this idyllic area of pristine, sparkling water and white sand…
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Australian Fur Seals

Australian Fur Seals are one of our regular sightings, we will find them on rocky outcrops pretty much all year round. These days, our friends the seals are a fully protected species, the estimated population for the Tasmanian and Victorian colonies between 60,000 – 80,000, with approximately 5000 pups born in Tasmanian waters each year….
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Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops Truncatus)

We see the Bottlenose Dolphin year round, but more so in the spring and summer months. Dolphins are very definitely a welcome sight on any cruise but here are a few details about Bottlenose Dolphin you may not be aware of. They are, by far, the most famous species of dolphin, they are usually the…
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Dolphins

The relationship between dolphins and humans goes back centuries, the first images of dolphins can be traced back as far as 1500BC. In Greek mythology, dolphins often surrounded Poseidon; they also frequently accompanied Aphrodite, the goddess of love. And in one tale, Dionysus (the god of wine and ritual madness) was rescued from a band…
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White Bellied Sea Eagles

Just a little way into our voyage each day we pause by the nest of our resident White Bellied Sea Eagles. Located a little past Parsons Cove (or as the locals call it: The Fisheries), the nest is perched in the top of a huge gum tree with a view that we can only imagine…
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Southern Right Whales

Southern Right Whales are a special kind of wonderful. They are classified as endangered with an estimated population of only 12,000 – (compared to world wide estimated population of the Humpback, 80,000 worldwide, also endangered but classified “least concern”) Southern Right Whales are also baleen whales, they have been measured at up to 18 metres…
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Humpback Whales

Have you ever met a Humpback Whale? Every one, I think, understands how phenomenal these creatures are, but when you actually get up close and personal with one, it quite literally takes your breath away. There is something utterly majestic about them that you can’t fully comprehend until you see, and quite often hear them…
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Wineglass Bay – What’s in a name?

Wineglass Bay, our namesake and the primary reason thousands of people come to visit Freycinet every year, is every bit as beautiful as you might think. The sand is white. Glaringly, blindingly white. (Bring your sunglasses!) The colour of water is the stuff dreams are made of. Shimmering azure, enticing you to take a swim…
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