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19 Watch some whales
EVERY YEAR A variety of whales migrate up
and down the WA coast providing ample
opportunity to see these magnificent animals. The
most common whales are southern rights and
humpbacks. Blue whales are occasionally spotted
off Dunsborough in September. The whales leave
the cold winter waters of Southern Ocean and
head north around May to give birth in calm,
warmer waters, and then take their babies south
again around October. There are hot spots from
the southern-most point of WA up to the north.
From June to November, you can see humpback
whales sheltering in Camden Sound off the
Kimberley, Pender Bay off Broome and from Kalbarri
(Natural Bridge, Eagle Gorge and Red Bluff).
From June to September, head down to Augusta for
some whale watching. Southern right and humpback
whales cavort in the waters of Flinders Bay.
From Albany to Esperance they're regularly spotted
from July to October.
There are many companies offering whale-watching
tours and charters. NATURALISTE CHARTERS
www.whalesaustralia.com. ALBANY WHALE
TOURS www.albanywhaletours.com.au SENTOSA
CHARTERS, www.sentosacharters.com.au CORAL
BAY ADVENTURES www.coralbayadventures.com.au
20 Swim with dolphins
WITH DOLPHINS COMMON from Esperance to
the Kimberley and far up the Swan River, we tend
to take them for granted. But if you want to get up
close and personal, or to give guests or your kids a
special experience, there are a few places where the
locals have established a special relationship with
them, providing an exhilarating experience you'd
be crazy to miss. The Dolphin Discovery Centre
in Bunbury is open all year round, but according to
the centre's general manager Jodie Mott, the best
time to visit is December to March. You'll need to
be a competent swimmer and in good health before
marine biologists and trained volunteers take you
for a swim with the wild bottlenose dolphins in
their own environment. Visit www.dolphindiscovery.
com.au for further details.
Nearby Koombana Bay is home to a pod of
friendly dolphins who let you get pretty close as you
wade in the water.
Closer to home a group of approximately
180 dolphins have called Rockingham home for
more than 50 years. From the Val Street Jetty in
Rockingham, the Rockingham Wild Encounters
tour has seen mothers nursing calves, using
stingrays to catch their dinner and males showing
off to impress the females. Visit www.dolphins.com.
au or call (08) 9591 1333 to book your swim.
The other dolphin hotspot is Monkey Mia,
where a small pod of dolphins regularly swim into
the shallows. While you don't swim with them as
such, a few visitors are chosen by specially trained
rangers to feed the dolphins fish making it an
experience to remember.
Visit sharkbayvisit.com for further dolphin information.
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