What Are We Currently Seeing
Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching is at Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching.
10 hours ago
MEET THE MOB: Behind the Lens 🐳📸
Steve Reynolds is one of our FAVOURITE volunteer photographers! He is truly part of the crew and we always look forward to his week out in the canyon with us 💙. “I completed a B.Sc. In Zoology at UWA many years ago. My passion for WA’s wildlife has been with me since a childhood in Perth with lots of WA adventures, and enhanced through a wonderful time in the Pilbara, exploring the deserts, river gorges and coastal islands over 15 years.
I jumped at the chance to support Nat Charters in its endeavours to open up the magnificent Canyon to like-minded adventurers and fans of the wild, unchoreographed ocean.
My favourites at Bremer include the intriguing and constantly surprising inhabitants, from rare sea-birds, equally rarely-observed Beaked Whale species, armies of Long-fined Pilot Whales, majestic Pygmy Blue Whales, domineering Sperm Whales and of course the stars of the show, the Orca. Whilst heart-wrenching to watch the Orca hunt and kill a beaked whale, a day later you can watch a month-old Orca swimming strongly with its parents, thriving in this raw environment.
I love to spend the day with new adventurers, sharing the change in emotion as we search the hotspot or further afield, get our first glimpses of Orca, get absolutely entertained/awed/shocked/ amused and humbled by the Orca families and their hunting techniques. Even more rewarding is to spend time with the same people the following year and reminisce over some the previous events. Equally rewarding is sharing the increased understanding of the canyon by the others in NC crew as each season progresses, especially the predation of Beaked Whales. Of course, I can’t not mention the fun times with the rest of the NC crew on and off the ocean!
I really must thank Naturaliste Charters Bremer Canyon Expeditions for opening up a life-time opportunity for me, wildlife guiding in Antarctica in 2020. Whilst overwhelmed by this experience of huge seas, colossal icebergs, masses of seabirds including 10 species of penguin, Seals, Whales and Dolphins, I couldn’t help thinking of Bremer’s Type-A Orcas as we watched their cousin Type C Orcas hunting penguins in the vast, frozen landscapes of coastal Antarctica”. All images by Steve Reynolds #killerwhale #orca @ Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching ... See MoreSee Less
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2 days ago
Eye see you!! 👀 The humpbacks are well and truely here on their annual northern migration! 🎉 Each yeah the same whales will undertake one of the longest migrations of any animal on the planet! 🌏 Here on the west coast of Australia the Humpbacks are travelling to a place called Camden Sound in the north of Australia where they will give birth! 💙 We cannot wait to start tours next week out of the stunning coastal town #Augusta 🐋💓 #australiassouthwest #australia #westernaustralia #perthwillbeok #perthisok @perthwillbeok @australias_southwest @westernaustralia @australia @australianwildlifejourneys #whale #whales #whalewatching #humpback #whaleeye #humpbackwhale #tourism #watourism #whalelove #leeuwin @capeleeuwinlighthouse @experience_augusta @margaretriver ... See MoreSee Less
3 days ago
The FIRST humpback whale has made their appearance in the Exmouth Gulf ALREADY! The whale migration is well on its way and Flinders Bay is FULL of whales ready for next weeks tours to commence! 😍🐳🙏🏻 ... See MoreSee Less
Naturaliste Charters Bremer Canyon Killer Whale and Pelagic Expeditions is at Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching.
1 month ago
As a big CHEERS to the mums and dads out there that have been not only parents but teachers too over the past month we’ve come up with a FUN, interactive way to keep the kids occupied (for at least 10 minutes 😅🙏🏻) while it’s still school holidays! You’re all doing an amazing job and we applaud each and every one of you!! 💙
EVERY DAY for the rest of the week we will be posting a colouring in picture as part of a COMPETITION 😀 We’d like you say a BIG thank you too our friend Alex Thornton from ocean.alex.art for her amazing drawings that she’s kindly provided for the competion! Check her out at Ocean Alex Art for more prints AND her instagram 😍
All the kiddies have to do is take a picture of their finished drawings and message them through to us with their name (each drawing is one entry), they can do each days picture as a new entry! We will post the winner on monday next week! The prize is a naturaliste charters trucker cap OR a FREE kids whale watching ticket for once we’re back up and running 😀
Day 1: HUMPBACK WHALE
FUN FACT: Megaptera novaeangliae
Humpback whales are baleen whales and are famous for their acrobatic behaviour and beautiful song. The male humpbacks sing to communicate with other whales and to attract a mate. Each song is specific to different populations and even more specific for individuals. Humpbacks undertake one of the longest migrations every year between their feeding grounds in cold Antarctic waters to warmer breeding water in the North of Australia. ... See MoreSee Less
What we are currently seeing
Every day is hump day aboard Naturaliste Charters whale watching experiences! From May to November, humpback whales visit the south west of Western Australia as they undertake their annual migration, an incredible journey from the feeding grounds of Antarctica to the warm waters of Australia’s north west and beyond to breed and calve. Our locations span the scenic south west, and as a result we have the longest whale migration season anywhere in the world.
From May, humpback whales arrive at the scenic seaside town of Augusta. Competitive, curious and acrobatic, this is whale watching at it’s most dramatic and spectacular. Rare blue, minke and fin whales are also sighted on occasion as they too make the epic trek north. From July, endangered southern right whales also arrive, giving birth to their calves in the protected waters of Flinders Bay.
As spring arrives, the whales retrace their steps south. The southern migration is special. In the protective care of their mothers, calves leave their birthplace in the tropical north and make the epic trek to Antarctic waters for the first time, an incredible journey for a baby just months old. The calm, protected waters of Geographe Bay offer a welcome respite to the weary wanderers, an opportunity to rest before crossing an entire ocean for the first time. The humpbacks arrive first, followed by regular sightings of blue whales from October through to early December.
Encounter an astonishing aggregation of marine wildlife on an unforgettable oceanic expedition. From January to April, our full day expeditions visit one of the least explored places on earth, and the only place in Australia you can reliably encounter killer whales (orca), the ocean’s undisputed apex predator.
Your expedition may see pods of long-finned pilot whales, sperm whales, a rare beaked whale and the largest animal to ever have lived, the blue whale. You can also admire the acrobatics of large pods of bottlenose, striped, and common dolphins, and encounter shark species that include great whites, whaler sharks, and the beautiful oceanic blue, a species never seen from shore. Enormous oceanic sunfish surface, disc shaped bodies sometimes 2 meters across. The remains of giant squid sometimes float on the surface, a predator of the deep reduced to scraps, squabbled over by an astonishing array of pelagic seabirds including albatross, shearwater and petrel species. Rare species are sighted each season, including the Barau’s and Black-Bellied Storm Petrel. The Bremer Canyon is a place like no other on the planet. Your experience like no other in your life…