Are you planning your next trip to try out some of the best scuba diving in Australia? You needn’t look any further than Pilbara in Western Australia.
Did you know that the northern humpback whale migration takes place from late May through to late September and there is no better place to see these magnificent cetaceans than right here in Pilbara?
During the summer months, Australia’s humpback whale populations spend their time in Antarctica feeding. In late autumn they begin an annual migratory route to their winter breeding and calving grounds in the warmer tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans. They return south in spring.
Did you know that humpback whales migrate around 5000km on average, which is one of the longest migratory journeys of any mammal on Earth?
Here are a few more humpback whale facts which might surprise you…
- Humpback whales grow to 18 meters (60 feet) long, and they can weigh 40 tons. A humpback’s flippers can grow up to 5 meters (16 feet) long, which is the largest appendage in the world. Their tails grow up to 5.5 meters (18 feet) wide.
- Humpbacks don’t normally have a hump on their backs; their name comes from the large hump that forms when they arch their backs before making a deep dive into the ocean.
- The shape and colour pattern on a humpback whale’s dorsal fin and flukes is unique to each individual, just like human fingerprints.
- All males in a humpback whale population sing the same song, but the songs of each population are different. Songs gradually change from year to year.
- Humpback whales are a type of baleen whale that filter feeds on small fish, krill and plankton. Humpbacks can eat up to an incredible 1,360 kilograms (3,000 lbs.) of food per day.
- Humpback whales hunt and feed in the summer, and they will fast during mating season and live off their blubber reserves so they can focus on migration and mating.
- A female humpback has a baby every two to three years. Calves nurse for almost a year in which time they double in length. Calves continue growing until they are around 10 years old.
- Humpbacks are thought to live for around 50 years.
Are you excited to see humpback whales in their natural environment? For the best chances of seeing these magnificent marine mammals we recommend joining us for a day trip to the Dampier Archipelago.
The Dampier Archipelago is an underwater paradise that is not to be missed if you are diving or snorkeling in Australia. This Western Australia diving haven is bursting with colour and teeming with life. The archipelago has phenomenal marine resources and you’ll find vibrant coral reefs, sponge gardens and more than 650 species of fish. It is also home to green, hawksbill, and flatback turtles that nest on its beaches. Dugongs and dolphins have also been spotted in surrounding waters.
We are looking forward to scuba diving or snorkeling Western Australia with you soon!