Rottnest Island Whales

Rottnest Island Whales it was this morning as Humpback mothers and calves stretched out and enjoyed a morning of fun in the waters just off Rottnest Island. Our first pods were surface active as inverted fluke slapping, pec slapping and peduncle slaps were practiced. A busy morning for the vessel traffic travelling out to Rottnest Island which made it tricky for the mothers and calves to navigate across the channel. Thankfully they kept close and we worked as an escort across the channel as they travelled within our sound footprint to avoid any risk of collision from the incoming vessels. It is vitally important for all those out on the water to ensure they are respectful towards the whales and when a sighting has occurred to slow down and adjust course accordingly to minimise disturbance to the whales that are migrating or resting in the area.

One of the calves was particularly curious and as mother whale waited for the next round of vessel traffic to move past she stopped in front of our bow. Her calf loved this opportunity to show off and was twisting and rolling, looking like a giant starfish with pectorals out wide and belly to the sky floating at the surface. It was beautiful to be welcomed into this special pod as mother whale began to fluke slap as another vessel approached at speed. Asserting her dominance with fluke slapping ensured that the area remained as her own and both herself and her precious calf could enjoy a relaxing afternoon ahead. A beautiful morning with the Rottnest Island Whales observing the special interaction between mothers and their calves.

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8 thoughts on “Rottnest Island Whales”

  1. This was such an amazing experience, the crew were so helpful and overall great. To be able to see a mother and her calve up close like today was so amazing. Would highly recommend and would love to experience this again.

  2. Michelle Bennett

    Went out this afternoon from Hillarys on your amazing new boat.
    Your staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. I had the best day. The perfect way to spend my birthday.
    Thankyou and I will definantly be coming again.

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia

      Thank you so much Michelle and we are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your time onboard Whale Watch 1, she is a very special vessel! Happy Birthday and thank you for choosing to share it with the whales

  3. Such an informative and helpful crew , non stop commentary and such a love for these animals , this was our 3rd trip with whale watch Western Australia and we look forward to seeing you again .

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia

      Thank you so much Mick and Deb, always a pleasure to welcome you onboard and looking forward to the next journey together soon

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