Saturday Whale Watching

Saturday Whale Watching on a picture perfect morning from Fremantle as we enjoyed a fascinating insight into the world of our Humpback Whales and their language. A current influx in Humpback Whale traffic has been observed over the last few weeks as the flow of the southbound migration is now in full swing with hundreds of mothers and calves moving through the resting grounds everyday. It is wonderful seeing so many new calves heading south on a big adventure and learning quickly each day new lessons from mum. Pods had converged and the mother whales communicated to clear the area around them and teach their calves the best way of going about this. One female launched into incredible body lunging which was impacting as all other pods around could hear her clearly. Following up with pec slapping her calf joined in to mimic what mother whale had just done. Moving out of the area we could see a second pod moving away quickly as a younger mother whale nervously moved away from the active area.

She was being chased by a recreational vessel who was moving aggressively towards mother and calf instead of maintaining the required 300 meter distance away. These types of recreational boaters do not understand whale body language and could not recognise that their chasing was causing distress to this pod even after we told them. Approaching the situation we noted the mother whale change course to move away from the recreational boat and towards us. All whales are highly intelligent and do not like being disrespected with aggressive behaviour from either other whales or vessels. It was a perfect example for our guests onboard as once the recreational boat had left the area the same mother and calf completely changed their demeanour and became curious and relaxed. Approaching our bow gently they came in for a closer look and it was a perfect example to our pod members onboard of the reward enjoyed when you treat wildlife with the respect they need and deserve.

Wishing them well we moved towards another pod which we could see included a mother, her calf and two cheeky bachelor males. The boys were following the mother whale enthusiastically trying to compete for her attention. She was completely focused on her calf though and didn’t allow the males to get close to her calf as she moved the little one closer to our vessel for a distraction. Swimming underneath and around us seemed to settle the males and was a good tactic by the female who was ensuring her calf didn’t get worn out by all this activity. It took a little while but eventually the males settled and the mother whale had control of the pod, the indication of this was the confidence increase in her calf. A few big tail lobs from the little one displayed he was protecting mum and telling the bachelor males who was boss. A wonderful day enjoying some Saturday Whale Watching meeting our incredible Humpback Whales of Western Australia.

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10 thoughts on “Saturday Whale Watching”

  1. Fantastic whale watch trip , so many whales and calves. The crew are so knowledgeable and respectful of the whales . Highly recommend .

  2. Chris and Meg Goldson

    Saturday October 15th
    My wife and I would just like to thank all the crew for a thoroughly enjoyable and educational trip out to marvel at these gentle giants.
    The weather was perfect and the commentary was just spot on!!
    Thank you all

  3. The tour was amazing with an abundance of whales and the running commentary providing great insight into the minds and behaviours of the whales. The crew were incredible friendly and professional. An impressive operation all round. We’ll be back next year.

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia

      Thank you very much Duncan for your kind words and we look forward to welcoming you back onboard again soon

  4. Saturday was such a beautiful experience
    I had no idea these huge gentle and beautiful animals came as close to Perth to rest and feed their young.
    Thank you for helping me to understand the behaviour of the whales and grow in appreciation of Australia’s amazing wildlife
    It was an unforgettable privilege!

    1. Whale Watch Western Australia

      Our pleasure Helen and thank you so much, we are so pleased to hear you now know all about these special whales and their incredible journey.

  5. Thoroughly enjoyable trip and would recommend for anyone who wants not only to see the whales but to have the behaviour explained to them as it is happening in real time.

    The whale watch tour knew what they were talking about and it was obvious throughout. Thanks for the guided tour!

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