Whale Watch eco tours in Flinders Bay are always an enjoyable way to spend ones morning as today we enjoyed the company of relaxed Humpback Whales, curious Bottlenose Dolphins and a spectacular surface active display from an enormous female Humpback to complete a special morning.
The weather was peaceful as we ventured towards a relaxed juvenile who was socializing with the local Bottlenose Dolphins along with a few of the visiting Common Dolphins who had arrived in the area. Shy but curious, the little Humpback followed after the dolphins for a short while before returning back to resting and the dolphins decided it was time to say good morning to us instead.
Venturing over happily, it was lovely to watch as they raced through our wake and towards the bow as Albatross follows them closely and soared above us. A further pod just up ahead caught our attention and we approached gently to meet a lone adult Humpback Whale resting.
There were a few other pods spread through the bay and it was interesting to spend some time with a couple of lone travelers after many weeks of escort pods. These solo travelers were taking some time to rest in the calm conditions while they had the opportunity as an escort pod started to approach the area. These two were large whales and very focused as they pushed in towards the shallows in search of a place to rest. They eventually found a suitable spot and we wished them well for their lunchtime siesta as we moved towards the harbour. Craig noticed some activity on the horizon and we decided to head over to see what was causing the surface action and within moments of our arrival the male launched into a full body, barrel role breach!
How exciting to watch him bring the ocean to life as breach after breach continued with a few pec slaps for good measure.
This was our lone adult who we had been with earlier in the tour and now he had a female companion swimming with him as he launched into a protective peduncle slap.
The male was pleased to have found her and both swam off together ready for their journey ahead.
-Whale Watch Western Australia
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