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Why Do Whales Love Breaching out of the Water?

A whale breaching the water Imagine clear blue waters, calm with quiet ripples. Suddenly, a creature weighing over a tonne breaks the surface with its big leap. Its dark body hits the water with a loud thud, and while it might not be the smoothest jump, the magnificence is undeniable.

Breaching of whales is a kind of cetacean surfacing behaviour, the catch-all phrase for how water mammals behave on the surface of the water. Marine biologists are not exactly sure why these behemoths do such feats. They have a few assumptions:

Communication

Experts have informed us that whales are great singers. Their “songs” are part of the sounds they make to communicate with each other. Breaching can be another way for whales to communicate. The sound waves produced are much more potent, and under the water, the sound even travels faster and for longer distances.

Display of Power

The energy required to breach is nothing compared to the diet of these giants. However, scientists have some proof that breaching is a show of dominance. It indicates that a whale is in good physical condition, which is seen by their potential mates as a very attractive sign.

Play

For All Sea Charters, a whale watching company in Western Australia, seeing the animals breach is a common thing in the water. Their and other charter websites in WA show photos of whales breaching beside their boats. Some marine biologists suggest that this behaviour may just be a sort of playtime for the animals. Whales and other marine mammals have extraordinary and complex social lives – it wouldn’t be surprising for them to have as much fun doing the leaps as those who are enjoying their moves.

There remain many mysteries in the way whales, and other ocean mammals, live and behave. Breaching is one of them. With every short flight they take, they remind people once again of how great nature is.

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.