I went out on Geographe Marine’s Kerra Lyn yesterday. This lovely “ship” is 20m long, and provides an excellent platform for whale watching. Yesterday was a bit choppy, and cloudy, but the whales more than made up for it. A pod of four were breaching, lunging, tail slapping etc all afternoon. They hung around the Kerra Lyn often coming right up close. This image has the Busselton Jetty in the background.
It is the height of the humpback whale migration south at the moment. Plus there are a number of blue whales passing by. Yesterday a mother calf pair of humpbacks seemed to be inspecting the coastline and they passed Pt Picquet less than 30m from the shore. They dawdled past Eagle Bay and when they went past Rocky Point they were still just outside the line of rocks in the shallows. The calf was pretty excited, continuously doing tail slaps. Here are some images.
To cap off the day two pairs of blue whales passed within 300 metres of the shore at Pt Picquet later in the day.
On Monday this humpback decided to start breaching just in front of the whale watching boat. He kept this up for nearly an hour breaching around 25 times in a row. The people on the whale watching boat certainly got their moneys worth. (These images were shot from shore at a distance of 2-3 kms, so they obviously are not as sharp as the shots of the Southern Right whales which were only about 50m away!)