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Bruny Island Wildlife

You'll soon begin to encounter the region's remarkable wildlife - keep a close lookout for sea eagles soaring above the crags, pods of dolphins surfing the bow wave of the boat, albatross wheeling on the wind and shearwaters skimming the swells. Southward at The Friars where the Tasman Sea meets the Southern Ocean, you'll drift quietly past a large haul-out, home to thousands of seals. These inquisitive creatures usually swim out to investigate the boat.

Marine Mammals

Australian Fur Seal

Australian & New Zealand Fur Seal

Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals are two of the mammals which can been seen on our multi-award winning Bruny Island Cruises. The seals call home to a group of rocks off the remote coast of the southern tip of Bruny Island, known as the Friar Rocks. The Friar’s are home to up to 1,000 male seals, all year round.

For more information see the Parks & Wildlife Australian Fur Seals factsheet.

New Zealand Fur Seal
Common Dolphin

Common & Bottlenose Dolphins

Playful pods of Common and Bottlenose dolphins are a regular delight along the coastline we cruise. They swim eagerly alongside the boats, interacting with all on board and impressing with acrobatic displays out of the water.

For more information see the Parks & Wildlife Whales & Dolphins factsheet.

Bottlenose Dolphin
Humpback Whales

Humpback & Southern Right Whales

If travelling with us during whale migration (May-July and September-December), you may be lucky enough to observe the sheer grace of Humpback or Southern Right Whales. These majestic creatures frequent our coast every year on their migration paths.

It is also possible that you might occasionally see other whale species such as the Pygmy Right Whale, Minke Whale or the impressive Killer Whale (Orca).

For more information see the Parks & Wildlife Whales & Dolphins factsheet.

Southern Right Whale

Shore & Sea Birds

Albatross

Albatross

There are up to 5 types of albatross that frequent the south east coastline of Bruny Island. The most commonly seen on our cruie are the Bullers Albatross, Shy Albatross and the Yellow Nosed Albatross. These impressive giants have the longest wingspan of any other bird species in the world. It can measure up to a massive 3.4 metres.

For more information see the Parks & Wildlife Shy Albatross factsheet.

Albatross
Sea Eagle

Birds of Prey

Soaring high above the cliffs off the coast of Bruny you may be lucky enough to witness hunting birds of prey. Most commonly seen on board are White-bellied Sea Eagles, Peregrine Falcons and Wedge-Tailed Eagles.

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys is proud to assist in the conservation of these endangered species by sponsoring the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania.

For more information visit the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge website.

Wedge-tailed Eagle
Black-faced Cormorant

Black-Faced Cormorant

Nestled on the rock shelves dotted down the coast you will spot the Black-faced Cormorants, often affectionately nicknamed a 'shag on a rock'. These are one of 5 species found in Australia, being the only fully coastal marine cormorant. They are one of the rarest species of the cormorant family, but are the only variety that we have to show in south east Tasmania.

Black-faced Cormorant
Short-tailed Shearwater

Short-Tailed Shearwater

Between September and April the south east coast of Tasmania comes alive with 18 million Short Tailed Shearwaters, more commonly known as Mutton Birds. The rafts of feeding birds are often spotted as we cruise the coast of Bruny Island. If staying on the island overnight you can also see them at one of their breeding grounds, The Neck Game Reserve (between dusk and dawn).

For more information see the Parks & Wildlife Shearwater factsheet.

Raft of Shearwaters

The complete list of land and sea birds can be found in the South Bruny National Park Bird Checklist.

Other Wildlife

Little Penguins

Little Penguin / Fairy Penguin

The Little Penguin or Fairy Penguin is the smallest of the 17 penguin species. These flightless birds are best seen at The Neck Game Reserve between dusk and dawn. During the day they are out at sea catching food for themselves and their chicks. The penguins' streamlined body allows them to glide through the water at speed, meaning they can be hard to spot when onboard our cruise.

For more information see the Parks & Wildlife factsheet.

Little Penguins
White Wallaby

White Wallaby

The White Wallaby is a rare wallaby found on southern Bruny Island. It is known as a painted wallaby, as it is a few genes short of being pure albino. Albino or painted species are usually very vulnerable to natural predators. However as the White Wallabies have few predators on Bruny Island, they have managed to breed and increase their numbers. This is fantastic for all who would like to get a glimpse of this rare species.

White Wallaby

 

For more information, please see the Tasmanian Parks & Wildlife Service website.

 

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