Our Whale Watching tour out of Fremantle today revealed some of Fremantle’s best whale watching we have witnessed this southern migration 2018. We were first captured by a pod of Dolphins hunting and feeding close to North Mole and the mouth of the Swan River and watched as they tail slapped to stun the small fish and had to be very quick to gobble them up as Gannets dived constantly to steal their hard earned meal. We then ventured to the west and caught up with a Mother & Calf as they were being escorted by not one, but two male Humpbacks as they headed further out past the local traffic. Then on the horizon for the second time in as many weeks this season the excited blows of numerous whales all heading in the same direction. Once we caught up with them we discovered that the attraction was a younger female which was being trailed by up to 27 male Humpback Whales at speeds of up to 20 kilometers per hour, which is high speed for any Humpback Whale. The Pod grew larger and larger as more Whales, like us, were attracted to the vigorous workout that the competition pod was conducting. It seemed at times the whole of Gage Roads was full of Whales in a frantic dance to entice the female and defend against the other suitors as Whale after Whale approached from every direction as we observed Fremantle’s best whale watching on a magnificent morning.
Time stood still and before we knew it we had to leave our friends as they continued on their high speed love tryst. On returning closer to Fremantle we came across as Mother & Calf as they crossed the channel to the south, as there was many ferries and private craft in the area we stood by as they crossed the main channel and as we watched, an old pearl lugger appeared from nowhere and we were fortunate enough to get a photo of our WA Humpback Whale with calf and the lugger in the background. Our families history is steeped in Pearling and it was a very reflective moment for us all as memories of years gone past flooded back as strong as a Kimberly spring tide. What a privilege it has been to spend so much time on the greatest coastline in the world.