From Queens Beach around to Deception Bay we have seen green turtles and loggerhead turtles. Moreton Bay is reported to host 6 of the world’s 7 breeds of sea turtles with an estimated population of around 20,000 turtles in Moreton Bay, so there is a good chance you will see turtles. They are quick and tend to dive into the water when they see you coming. If you have a GoPro camera you might be able to film them.
The turtles eat jelly fish, so there are also a lot of non-stinging light blue jelly fish, about the size of a desert bowl with legs, in Moreton Bay.
We have also had the privilege of kayaking with dolphins just off Queens Beach North. Although not a common sight, we have seen the dolphins come up to the boat ramp. On a day when the water is very flat you can sometimes see the dolphins quite a way off shore.
There are lots of fish in the bay and the keen kayak fishermen who go out early in the morning often bring in a good catch. We have been told there is a good hollow about 800m off Queens Beach for catching snapper. Locals also catch crabs and Moreton Bay Bugs.
There are also sting rays in Moreton Bay that will chase a trailing line and wobble out of the water if you are moving fast enough.
Moreton Bay is the only place in Australia where dugongs gather in herds – approximately 1000 dugongs live in the warm waters of the sheltered and shallow bay and from time to time kayakers do see them.
Unfortunately the whales are usually too far out to see from a kayak leaving Redcliffe Peninsula. Whale season is June to October.
You can also see a variety of sea birds over Moreton Bay, including the magnificent pelicans. The pelicans will follow boats up the boat ramp looking for scraps. The cormorants will often stand on the rocks drying their wings after chasing their fish dinner.
People cruising the canals by kayak are often looking at the boats and the houses rather than for wildlife, but there are a still quite a variety of fish and birds around the canals. We’ve also seen plenty of people fishing in Newport canals where they often catch Bream and Flathead.
At the Shorncliffe entrance to the wetlands you will see some of the Moreton Bay trawler fleet, particularly those who catch prawns and sell them fresh. Dolphins have been known to come down the estuary from the ocean and frolic near the yacht club.
When kayaking through the wetlands you can enjoy the changing vegetation from salt marsh to forest and grasslands, as well as see a large variety of birds. The wetlands have more than 190 species of bird including the red-backed sea-eagle, also known as the brahminy kite, and the whistling kite.
Hays Inlet is an internationally recognised wader bird habitat with shallow waters and diverse habitats. There are significant koala and kangaroo populations in the area which can occisionally been seen from the water. Lots of birds and fish varieties too. On any given visit we have seen both the Brahminy Kites an White Breasted Sea Eagles.
Pine River/ Deep Water Bend
There are lots of mangroves along Pine River where it joins Moreton Bay and it is considered a major recreational fishing ground. If you are kayak fishing you should be looking out for bass, bream, blue salmon, estuary cod, flathead, garfish, jewfish, luderick, mangrove jack, sea mullet, tailor, whiting, mud crabs, sand crabs, banana prawns and eastern king prawns.