Mother Humpback Whale Dedication

Mother Humpback Whale dedication can be observed on the southbound migration as the females protect, nurture and guide their newborns south. During this time of the year the flow of the migration can be more sporadic than usual as the last of the mums and calves make their way past the Perth coastline. Every day is different and it is an important part of our research as we begin to monitor how many pods we are observing in comparison to previous seasons. Today we scanned carefully and our first interaction was with the wonderful local Bottlenose Dolphins enjoying a spot of foraging. Crested Terns had been busy feeding on our journey out and were benefiting from the help of the Bottlenose Dolphins herding these schools of baitfish closer to the surface. The roar of jets accelerated overheard as both the Navy and Airforce were out and training today which made us reflect on their dedication to protecting all Australians.

Mother Humpback Whale dedication is vital for the survival of their calves who are completely dependent on their mums for survival. Today we observed a mother whale and her gorgeous calf who looked to be new arrivals in the resting grounds. The calf was beautiful and displayed lovely white pectoral fins which Grace and her team from the Fat Whales Project were able to collect data on both mum and calf during their surface time. Relaxing into their environment both Humpback Whales seemed content and after swimming hundreds of kilometres to reach these resting grounds it is an important time for them to rest and relax. The calf will feed and sleep much of the time to regain some of the weight lost in the swim to this point of their journey. Mother whale will be constantly on guard and also ensuring she has plenty of rest time to conserve her dwindling fat reserves. It is a great privilege to have such an important resting ground just off our coastline and we wish both mother and calf a wonderful stay.

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2 thoughts on “Mother Humpback Whale Dedication”

  1. Thank you for your excellent service and most informative commentary about the activity of the whales.
    I also appreciated the sensitivity of your staff towards my friend who has a mobility disability and how respectful they were when assisting her.
    I was heartened to learn that you are a family business operating in a most competitive area and surviving in this industry.
    We are planning to go on more trips with you based on your integrity and commitment to the education of our wildlife.

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia

      Hi Joan

      Thankyou for your very kind words, it was a pleasure to have you onboard and we look forward to welcoming you back very soon. Take care. Kind regards.

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