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WEEKEND WHALEYYY HIGHLIGHTS: Happy little humpback calves were the main attraction on every tour this weekend! One of the most entertaining moments was when three shearwaters became the target practice for a mother teaching her calf how to breach! The mother tail slapped to swipe the birds and the calf proceeded to roll over, attempting to pec slap them with its floppy little fin! (no birds were harmed in the process)! Shearwaters 1, humpbacks 0. Another highlight was yesterday afternoon out near the Cape! We rolled as we over the swell with almost no wind as we encountered 4 blue whales cruise out to the depths! The large exhales were what caught our attention, often hearing the blue whales before sighting them on the silky grey surface!! #wanderoutyonder #whalewatching ... See MoreSee Less
The past weekend consisted of the calmest, balmy seas, calf cuteness, a bunch of breaches AND BLUES, blues, blues aaaand more BLUES!!!! At this stage of the humpback migration we're gifted with the presence of the beautiful mothers and calves! AND over the past few days we've also sighted the FIRST blue whale mother and calves for the season! The blue whale calves are born at over 3 tons and a whopping 7m in length!!! Bring on the final month of whale watching here in Geogrpahe Bay, be sure to join us while the whales are still coming in HOT and (very) heavy! #wanderoutyonder #whalewatching #ocean #wa ... See MoreSee Less
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ABC News coverage on the blue whales numbers! Want to encounter the worlds largest animal from SHORE, or even better from a whale watching vessel?! October is currently the BEST month to wittness these incredible ocean giants. Numbers for september have been unprecedented here in Geographe Bay, Dunsborough. These picturesque waters are also considered the most reliable, calm and affordable place to encoutner blue whales here in Australia! Researchers and whale-watchers have been lucky enough to encounter pods of 10-15 blue whales at once, with the closest sighting being less than 100m from shore!!! When you join Naturaliste Charters you'll be awe inspired by the enormity of the largest animasl to ever exist! All whilst a marine biologist provides you with knowledgeable commentary whist they collect real time data throughout the tour. We're also lucky enough to work closely with the researchers and land-based whale monitors from Western Whale Research who work from dawn to dust to count and collate crucial information on not only blue whales, but all species of whales that migrate through geographe bay- ensuring these populations are correctly protected and sustained. By joining the team on a tour you're enabling this imperative research to continue! ... See MoreSee Less
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We are so proud to achieve Green Travel Leader status, it is a true testament to all our hard work and efforts, thank you for the recognition Ecotourism Australia 😄🐋
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Wishing you all a Happy Fathers Day, may you have a beautiful day spent with your loved ones 💙
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As promised, some imagery from the recent sighting of the Orca vs Humpback off the Leeuwin Coast last Saturday 15.8.2021 🌊
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On Saturday as we discovered the Orca and their attack on a Humpback we found that the Humpback was a juvenile and quite skinny. He was moving okay and not much damage when we got there, we did notice a bit of a rake mark on the dorsal fin, upper jaw and keel. As our vessel came to a stop the Humpback had his big eyes open and it looked like it was asking us for help. The Humpback approached us, it seemed it wanted to hide under the boat and to stay close to us for protection in the hopes to avoid the Orcas attacking him. It did some loops around our vessel a few times, the Orcas were not close, but they were around us, just keeping an eye on their prey.
It seemed like the Orcas enjoyed playing around and teasing this Humpback, they were taking their time by not using too much energy.
We didn't witness a kill like we would normally see in Bremer Bay when the Orcas would predate on a beaked whale.
The Orcas were just slowly swimming around him, pushing him down, making the Humpback tired, and trying to drown him.
We moved away from the event to focus on the pelagic species we were searching for, although we did keep an eye on what was happening from the distance.
We never saw a big pool of blood but we don't like the chances of the Humpback surviving, it is likely that the Orca were successful in a kill, however the Humpback most likely drowned and sunk to the ocean floor.
It was a sad event and sometimes we strongly wish we can intervene some how to save their prey, but this is the circle of life and the Orca are the Kings of the ocean.
Footage and information provided by our on board photographer Machi Yoshida.
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What we are currently seeing Whale Watching
Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching Expeditions run all year round !
Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expeditions – From January to April, our full day expeditions visit the Bremer Canyon, 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 along with seeing the Killer whales (Orca) you may also 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…
Augusta Whale Watching Eco Tours – From May to August, 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.
Busselton and Dunsborough Whale Watching Eco Tours – From Septemeber to Early Dec 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.