Winter Haven for the Humpback Whales in the North West

17 Aug 2011 0

Humpback whales are currently making their way along Australia’s Coral Coast to the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean.

These magnificent creatures of the ocean travel close to the Coral Coast during winter and spring to play, breed and feed. You’re most likely to spot humpback whales and other marine species including dolphins, dugongs and sea lions on a whale watching tour from June to November.

Visitors can get up close to humpback whales on charter boats from Kalbarri and Exmouth and can really appreciate the sheer size of them. Humpbacks are the fifth largest of the whales growing up to 19 metres long and weighing up to 40 tonnes. Mothers with new born calves usually stay longest in the waters of the Coral Coast and travel more slowly so their calves can grow. Calves can put up to 60 kilograms a day while growing in our warmer waters.

Kalbarri Visitor Centre Manager, Barbara Hugill said lots of humpback whale mothers and calves had been spotted off the coast of Kalbarri.

“Some of the babies are still light grey which means they are very young and have probably been born in this area,” Mrs Hugill said.

“Humpbacks are the most acrobatic and interactive of all the great whales. Boisterous juvenile males have been putting on great displays recently with lots of breathing and grunting while chasing each other.”

Whale watching charters are the best way to see humpback whales up close, but they can also be sighted from Kalbarri’s magnificent coastal cliffs. Whale watching charters are offered daily from Kalbarri and Exmouth.

For further information visit www.australiascoralcoast.com.au

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