We have had some beautiful weather down south, so be sure to head out on the ocean with one of our local whale watching companies to take advantage of the sunshine!
The humpback whales have reached Geographe Bay on their great Southern migration down the West Coast. They are here to rest and play before continuing to the feeding grounds in Antarctica. The behaviours displayed in Geographe bay are completely different to the behaviour you may see in Flinders bay on the great Northern migration. You will mostly see juvenile males and mothers with their calves. The Humpbacks are very playful and relaxed as all the hard work has been done.
The juvenile male whales are very curious animals. Sometimes it seems they are more interested in us than we are in them. They will quite often swim up next to the boat and have a good look, showing off their bellies and underside. Tail slaps, pectoral slaps and spy hops are some of the fascinating forms of communication whales use to ‘talk’ to either us or to other whales.
On calm days in Geographe Bay some tour companies will drop a hydrophone over the side of the boat. A hydrophone picks up sounds up to 2 kilometres away in the water. This gives you the opportunity to hear the whale’s song first hand.
Mothers are quite protective of their calves; however some operators reported seeing the mothers lifting their calves out the water to show off her new born last season. The sunny days we have in Geographe Bay make the water beautiful and crystal clear which makes for great viewing of these special animals.
If you are staying at Mandalay in the upcoming months and you aren’t sure how to fill your days in Busselton, pop into reception and we will be able to let you know the must do’s. We can book Whale Watching Cruises as well as winery and brewery tours for you.