For our last day here at Dunsborough in the Margaret River Country, we decided to take a whale watching trip in Geographe Bay. People here are fortunate in that they have whale migrations for over half the year as Humpback, Southern Right, and Blue Whales all pass by. The humpbacks spend about six months in the area as they travel north after feeding in the rich Antarctic waters and then traveling north of Australia to mate and calve. Then they head back south to feed again off the coast of Antarctica. Approximately 35,000 humpbacks pass by in both directions. We are here for the southern migration as they head to Antarctica for the summer.
|Our shuttle - ten at a time|
|Our first views of the humpbacks|
|Would this be all we got?|
Then we saw some whales fairly close so our skipper slowed and steered in their direction. Whales, like all wild creatures, are independent of human needs. Some will move away when humans are near; others will come closer as if to say hi. The first whales we saw seemed to be more anti-human, but they were soon replaced by a pod of five that at least didn’t run away from us as we slowly worked to stay within sight of them.
|A little better|
|Now it gets interesting|
|Waving at us?|
|Or waving goodbye?|
We hope you enjoy the pictures.