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The Singing Humpback Whales of Western Australia

A Humpback Whale

If you are planning to visit Australia between the months of June and December, one of the must-dos is whale watching in Western Australia. It is during this period that herds of humpback whales pass through this area as part of their seasonal migration pattern, according to All Sea Charters.

Humpback Whale Facts

The humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae) is one of the larger species of baleen whales. Adult humpbacks can reach lengths of more than 50 feet and weigh as much as 40 tonnes. Humpbacks travel in herds. They were hunted down nearly to extinction until international maritime wildlife regulation enacted in the late 1960s banned its killing.  This action resulted in an increase in the population of the species.

The humpback is a delight to observe because of the following interesting skills.

Acrobatic Skills. The Humpback displays various skills that are a testament to its acrobatic prowess despite its enormous bulk. Humpbacks often breach, when they hurl themselves high out of the water for a few seconds before landing on their side in one tremendous splash.

Skyhopping. Humpbacks poke their heads in a vertical manner for as long as half a minute in what seems to be a scouting gesture.

Dovetailing. It is the opposite of skyhopping, wherein the tail is exposed above water for a few seconds.

Diving. The humpback can dive for at least 15 minutes, going to depths as deep as 700 feet.

Singing. Humpbacks have been observed to “vocalise” for lengthy periods of time, characterised by a series of squeaks and high-pitched squeals that seem to harmonise into an eerie yet strangely enchanting song. Its vocal range is quite vast, going from as low as 20Hertz to as high as 9,000.

Speed. The humpback normally travels through water at an average speed of up to 14 kilometres per hour or even slower at just about 5 km per hour when it is feeding. However, in the face of danger, it has been known to travel at speeds exceeding approximately 42 km per hour.

Humpbacks are interesting animals to observe. Despite their bulk and weight, they are one of nature’s fascinating marine inhabitants.

The Best of Western Australia: Whale Watching

Whale WatchingAs one of the largest states in the world, Western Australia has much to offer for anybody and everybody. You can visit the Margaret River and its vineyards, the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef, Kalgoorlie’s magnificent architecture and, of course, the Pink Lake.

For the more adventurous, here’s one more thing you can do in the Australian state: whale watching. Whether you’re a local or somebody looking for something refreshingly different, you are sure to enjoy whale watching by the Indian Ocean.

Where can you go whale watching?

If you’re interested in whale watching in Western Australia, it’s best for you to go from late May or early June to mid-December.

Visit the town of Augusta to watch out for whales between the 1st of June to the 1st of September. If you still can’t get enough of the lovely sea creatures or if it is your only possible time for a holiday, visit Busselton or Dunborough from September to December.

What kinds of whales are there to see?

From June to December, you get to see humpback whales and southern right whales migrate through the South West waters.

It is common to see majestic humpback whales during whale watching. They leap out of the water, roll in the air and crash back down into the ocean with a loud splash, putting on an exciting show for spectators. Male humpback whales even sing songs you can hear from kilometres away.

On the other hand, the southern right whales also go round breaching and doing headstands, to the delight of spectators. It is something you absolutely wouldn’t want to miss.

Whale watching is an incredibly beautiful experience. See the humpback and southern right whales migrate in Western Australia. After all, they are one of the best that the state has to offer.