As a result of the boat dramas we had with the Blue whale watching tour (which I had organised for the WA Nats), I was offered a free Humpback tour and they also said I could bring my wife Mel along. I was also able to include my 4 year old son Liam. I can’t recommend Whale Watch Western Australia highly enough! This was my third trip with them. They are a highly professional, passionate family business who really care about showing the beauty of whales and increasing knowledge in the general public.
They have a custom built 25m catamaran with multiple viewing decks – the commentary is also really enlightening and they always upload a trip report onto their website at the end of the day which includes high quality images for you to download after your trip – see ours.
Liam was very excited – really hoping to see dolphins as well as whales.
We headed out past the shipping lanes to a region just in front of Rottnest where the whales pass, heading South this time of year. They haven’t eaten for many months in the North as its the time for calving.
We soon found a pair of male humpbacks (Megaptera novaeangliae). Liam was very excited to see his first ever whale. We missed a single dolphin that was in the wake for a short time and ended up being the only dolphin seen.
We had wonderful views of the whales who were very comfortable approaching the boat as the crew are skilled in setting the whales at ease – keeping the required distance away and allowing the animals to come closer should they want to. Whales are intelligent mammals and as a result do have a curiosity about the world around them.
We spent a long time with the whales – at one time another commercial jetboat approached and the whales seemed to come closer to us to get away from that vessel.
Just as the two hour tour was at an end we headed for home and I saw a pair of Australasian gannets on the way in.
A great trip that Liam really enjoyed and was very comfortable on the boat. As he is only 4 he found it hard to just watch for whales, but he was able to go inside and play, plus he made a few new friends at the same time. Perhaps next time we will bring our daughter – but she is only just 2 and still too young for this type of activity on a boat.