Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Cape Naturaliste

The humpback having fun in the previous image was doing it out to sea a few hundred metres in the left of this image. The water is 30-50m deep here making it more likely the whales will breach (perhaps to celebrate the rounding of Cape Naturaliste – a milestone on their journey south). Cape Naturaliste is the western limit of Geographe Bay.
I was recently asked if the early settlers were naturalists or something similar. The questioner was referring to the names. Not so. The Naturaliste and the Geographe were the names of Nicholas Baudins two ships when he visited the area in 1804 (the first settlement in Western Australia was in 1829). Baudin’s visit explains the French names along the coast in this area.

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