Australian Blue Whales

Australian Blue Whales

The Perth Canyon in Western Australia was overflowing with Australian Blue Whales today, we interacted with 13 individuals and had sightings of over 20 Blue Whales throughout our experience. Everywhere we looked the tall blows of Blue Whales broke the surface of perfectly calm seas and a pod of Striped Dolphins flew seven meters high into the air as they showed off their arial acrobatics. Our official record of ten Australian Blue Whales was broken today as we reached a new record of total Blue Whale interactions in one day, thirteen and we were surrounded by over twenty!

Different behaviours were sighted today with a pod of two individuals showing possible courtship behaviour as they chased each other around the Perth Canyon. Feeding was the main focus of most today as they would exchange breathe at the surface and prepare for their next sounding dive. One large Blue that we were travelling with sent cheers of joy as the massive seven meter wide fluke raised above the waters surface in the most spectacular sounding dive. Sighting the fluke of a Blue Whale is very elusive indeed and we felt fortunate today as we watched this powerful movement of a sounding Blue Whale dive.

The Striped Dolphins were putting on a big social display of tail slapping, porpoising and most incredibly seven meter high breaches! Our first sighting of them was muffled as the splashes of breaching appeared off in the distance and it first appeared to be blows from a Sperm Whale. Approaching a bit closer we could see the silvery bodies leaping meters into the air and new we had the acrobatics of the sea putting on an impressive display of social behaviour. Known for their arial acrobatics it was amazing to see full body somersaults lighting up the Perth Canyon with energy from these specially patterned oceanic dolphins. A perfect ending to what will be a day to always remember and set the mark for the most Blue Whales ever encountered in one day aboard Whale Watch Western Australia.

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4 Comments

  1. James Johnston on April 6, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    What an amazing day out on the water. I went out on the Orca tour on Australia day and topped off my ocean adventures this year with the Blue whale tour. Awe inspiring to see the biggest animal to have ever roamed the planet. An amazing number of Blue whales sighted today which far exceeded my expectations of one of these rarely seen whales. the acrobatic Striped dolphins were icing on the cake.
    Thanks again to the amazing team at Whale Watch Western Australia. This family run enterprise does an amazing job of looking after all its guests. I HIGHLY recommend it!

    • Whale Watch Western Australia on April 7, 2018 at 3:26 am

      Thank you James for your kind words and it has been a pleasure to have you onboard, we are so pleased to hear you have had a wonderful time. Western Australia is an incredible place to go whale watching and to be able to see Orca and Blue Whales just off our coastline is remarkable! Wishing you all the best and hope to welcome you onboard in the future for another adventure with the whales of Western Australian.

  2. Suzanne Jenkins on April 8, 2018 at 7:17 am

    This was an amazing day surpassing all expectation! I have wanted to see a Blue Whale for so long but I never imagined to see so many at such close contact and to see the fluke raise up was truly amazing. Thank you for a wonderful trip which I would recommend to everyone. This family operated adventure offers the very best in friendliness, great service, detailed knowledge and passion for the whales. I am really looking forward to my next trip out with you to see the Orcas in Bremer Canyon. Thank you all so much!

    • Whale Watch Western Australia on April 8, 2018 at 10:16 am

      Thankyou Suzanne,
      It is these types of comments that encourage us to keep lifting the bar on all of our tours and experiences. It is very motivating that we have good people enjoying the hard work we put in 12 months of the year. Thank you so much for your kind words and we look forward to seeing you on the Orca Experience.

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