Perth is a great place to watch the Humpback Whale migration. In September to November the whales are heading south to the Antarctic feeding grounds. During the middle of the year they calve up near Ningaloo often not feeding for many months.
I went with a commercial company called Whale Watching Western Australia as I wanted to try them out. They will be doing commercial Blue Whale trips off Perth Canyon in April.
We left Fremantle Sardine jetty at 9am for a 2 hour trip – heading past the shipping lanes to a spot between Cottesloe beach and Rottnest.
It was a little lumpy due to the bad weather in the days leading up to the trip and also overcast but no rain.
Once past the ships we saw a small pod of bottlenose dolphins but they were too quick to get a photo of.
We soon saw our first humpback whale – a mum with her calf.
We were soon joined by another mother with calf and it seemed like the calves wanted to play!
We were treated to all sorts of behaviours and at one time had 4 pods of mother & calves around the boat. The captain was careful to keep the boat at distance and allow the whales to approach closer if they wanted to.
We also had this petrel hanging around that I haven’t been able to identify yet.
We then headed back saying bye to the whales and seeing this cool sailing ship.
My last interesting sighting was an Australasian gannet that dived into our wake.
The company write up each trip and also add their own photos. I would recommend using them and will see if I might be able to see Southern rights and Minke on different trips at different times of year. I will definitely be planning the blue whale trip and will be encouraging a group of WA Naturalists to join me.