Whale Season

Western Australia is home the largest population of Humpback Whales in the world that migrate along the coastline. Both the Humpback and Right Whale venture north between May and Novemeber, making it one of the longest whale watching seasons in the world.

Their annual journey begins in May from Antartica in the Southern Ocean and migrate north to the warmer waters in Kimberley, where they begin breeding.

Southern Right Whale and her calf off Augusta
Southern Right Whale - Photo Murodch University Dr Fredrik Christiansen

The Humpback Whale can be spotted all along the coast of Western Australia with sightings from Esperance, Perth and all the way until Exmouth.

The Wirlomin people, an indigenous dialect of the Noongar people, lived along the coast of Western Australia and saw the whales as a special connection to the ocean.

Mamang a Nyoongar whale story retold by Kim Scott and Iris Woods.
Noongar Mamang Story - Extract Mamang UWA Publishing Artwork by Jeffrey Farmer, Helen Nelly and Roma Winmar (Yibiyung)

The indigenous Noongar name for whale is Mamang. A dreamtime story told by Freddie Winmer tells how a young man travels inside the abdomen of a whale, squeezing it's heart and singing a song to spur it along which takes him on a special journey across the sea. The story of the whale is a spiritual connection that brings together the Wirlomin people and the sea. You can read the story here.

Majority of the whales will have migrated north in November, so if you want to catch a glimpse of these majestic creates around the Perth coast, now is the time to either get out the binoculars or jump onboard a boat and see them up-close.

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