I WENT WHALE WATCHING!!! Ok, it’s rude to shout, but ‘I WENT WHALE WATCHING’ and it was fantastic. In fact it was so good that I went again.
Ever since I thought we might move to WA I’ve been excited about the prospect of whale watching. We arrived just a couple of weeks too late for it, so I had to wait a whole year for the chance.
The stretch of water just west of where we live is known locally as ‘Humpback Highway’ for a reason. From the end of September to early December the whales migrate southwards with their calves, from the breeding grounds in North WA to the cooler waters towards the antarctic.
For my first trip the breeze was up and in the wrong direction. Enormous choppy waves, despite the sunshine. We didn’t see any whales for over an hour, then we saw lots at once. Then we saw lots of people being sea-sick. Not ideal. The sea was much calmer for the second trip, but it was right at the end of the season and we only saw a few whales, and only for a short time. On a good day mid-season you’ll see several groups of them.
They’re mainly humpacks, but there are also a few Southern Rights, though I didn’t see one on either trip. This year there were also 5 killer whales seen playing very close to shore but that’s very rare.
It was much harder to get good pictures than I’d thought. Someone shouts ‘There’s one’. By the time I’ve turned round, it’s already sent up it’s water spout and is on its way back down. By the time I’ve got the camera on it and got it focused, its back is already heading under. And with the boat bobbing up and down with the waves, keeping the camera on target was quite a challenge.
The whales have now gone for another year. Next year I’ll definitely go again. If I get a perfect day, there’ll be calmer water and lots more whales and maybe I’ll get some closer shots. I’d love to see them playing where they come vertically out of the water then splash down sideways. If I go right at the start of the season I may even see an albatross before they head south for the summer, then I can post a bird picture too.