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August 2, 2016

We headed south-west for a couple of days stay in Australia’s surf region – Margaret River. We learned that it is not all about the surf culture here, there is also a whole underwater world waiting to be explored. We joined the crew at Naturaliste Charters to do just that.

We had a beautiful morning out on the water in search of some humpback whales. During the months of May through to December, humpback whales frequent the area during their migration north to give birth to their calves. On average these whales travel around 5000km – this is one of the longest journeys of any mammal on our planet.


Just 10 minutes into our journey, we spotted 4 whales – gracefully swimming, breaching and putting on a show! It was really amazing to get this close to an animal of this size and calibre.


The skipper Mal and deck hand Rhett fuelled us with information on these creatures. It was really great to take in this knowledge while watching the whales in their natural habitat – it was like watching a real life documentary!


While continuing the journey we spotted some more whales and travelled ahead for a closer look. We then realised it was a mother and her calf, a very rare sighting as the females usually travel to much warmer water before having their young!


It was really special as the calf curiously separated from its mother and came really close to the boat.


On our way back to land, Mal gave us a little tour over to a seal colony where there were so many New Zealand fur seals chilling on the rocks and swimming amongst the shore.


Thanks to Mal, Rhett and the rest of the Naturaliste crew for an unforgettable experience on the water with you! We hope to visit again soon.


Click here to book your whale watching tour with Naturaliste Charters Whale Watching & Eco Tours!



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