See playful Seals on Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Peninsula Coastal Wildlife

Tasman Island Cruises 3 hour eco-cruise travels along the spectacular coastline of Tasman National Park between Port Arthur and Eaglehawk Neck.

A major highlight of the voyage is the huge variety of wildlife – on land, sea and air. Few places on Earth have such a rich variety of marine wildlife and seabirds. The Continental Shelf runs close to Tasman Island and an upwelling of nutrients from the ocean's depths creates a smorgasbord for all the creatures in the comples food chain of the sea, from plankton to great white sharks.

Marine Mammals

Australian Fur Seal

Australian & New Zealand Fur Seals

Australian and New Zealand Fur Seals are two of the mammals which can been seen on our award-winning Tasman Island Cruises. There are two seal haul-outs on our cruise route, one at Tasman Island and another at nearby Cape Hauy.

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 coastline of the Tasman Peninsula. The most commonly seen on our cruise 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 the Tasman Peninsula 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 along the Tasman Peninsula.

For more information see the Parks & Wildlife Shearwater factsheet.

Raft of Shearwaters

 

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