Juvenile Humpbacks Take Over Augusta

Juvenile Humpbacks take over Augusta in the afternoon sunshine today as breach after breach lit up Flinders Bay. The stormy weather had past and the wind had completely disappeared creating glassy conditions and shortly after departing the Augusta Boat Harbour the call went out from the stern, breaching just up ahead! Even from a distance we could see that these were young whales and as we arrived all three seperate pods were breaching, pec slapping and tail lobbing one after the other. Staying with the juveniles who first began the communication amongst everyone, they continued on with remarkable pec slapping and full barrel role breaches. Juveniles tend to have more time to spend socialising and interacting with other similarly aged whales as they are not part of the breeding age population. The boys don’t need to compete and the girls don’t need to be chased by the boys, so the energy amongst them all becomes very playful and relaxed.

We were amazed to have front row seats to this spectacular display and the young male continued his barrel role breaching as a pod of two, attracted by all of the surface activity, calmly approached the juveniles. All went very relaxed as they introduced themselves to each other and we took this opportunity to meet with a lone male Humpback who was now head lunging and breaching towards us. Typically cheeky, we knew that this young male was highly likely to continue breaching straight at us and sure enough he did, landing only meters from us before swimming directly underneath. He wasn’t the only show off in the bay as yet another breaching juvenile called out to his mates as the local Bottlenose Dolphins joined us for a perfect end to a perfect Friday afternoon as we enjoyed every moment of the juvenile Humpbacks take over of Augusta.

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2 thoughts on “Juvenile Humpbacks Take Over Augusta”

  1. David Catterick

    What great photos! We had the most amazing time this afternoon. My oldest daughter, Sarah, is an
    amateur blogger and is going to write reviews of Whalewatch when we get back to Perth on Monday. We all felt your attention to detail and expert insights were highly impressive.
    As we discussed on the boat, can you send me the original jpeg image for the first picture of the whale breaching and the same for the fourth picture of the whale breaching (with the whale upside down). Thanks again for capturing pictures that I simply couldn’t.

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia

      Hi David
      Thankyou for the kind words, we are delighted you enjoyed your time with us and we look forward to having you back onboard very soon.
      Kind Regards

      Whale Watch WA

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