King George Sound in Albany is one of very few places in Australia where we have the opportunity to see both Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales visiting during the same season and sharing the same water space. We find that both whale species get on very well with no aggression between each other and they will mostly stick to their own areas of the bay. We have sighted on rare occasions interactions between these two baleen whale species with much curiosity throughout tower interaction. There is also the possibility each season on rare occasions to discover the Southern Right Whales interacting with Dolphins in the shallow waters which is an incredible sight.
The nursery grounds located in King George Sound for the still endangered Southern Right Whale is a vital part of this beautiful species recovery from near extinction. Every season we see numbers slowly increasing as more females arrive to give birth to the next generation of Australian Southern Rights in the protected and sheltered waters found in Albany waters. Meeting one of these magnificent whales is a privilege and very special encounters can be had as curious juveniles and calves approach our vessel to interact with everyone onboard.
The acrobatic, graceful Humpback Whales are a favourite amongst whale watchers of the world due to their energetic and acrobatic displays as they communicate the Language of the Whales™. During the winter months they are migrating northward to give birth or find a mate along the migration route to the Kimberly’s. We sight such energetic behaviour on the northern migration in Albany as all age groups, both male and female, young and old, congregate for a quick rest and to socialise before they continue their long journey north.