A Guide on Responsible Whale Watching in Australia
Whale watching is nothing short of phenomenal since you get a rare chance to observe and admire whales while in their natural habitat. It’s an interesting recreational activity that warrants a try, especially among ocean and marine animal lovers.
One of the best places to try out whale watching is in Australia with its more than 25,000-kilometre coastline. Western Australia, more specifically, is a good site for whale watching because you can pretty much try it all year round in multiple areas like Busselton, Augusta and Dunsborough. In case you decide to go whale watching soon, here’s how to do it.
Keep Your Distance at All Times
If you’re going to operate your own vessel to whale watch, do not approach a whale closer than 100 metres, according to the Department of the Environment and Energy. You should also approach whales from parallel direction, slightly to the rear, instead of directly in front or behind so as not to spook them.
Of course, you can save yourself the trouble by signing up on a whale watching tour. This way, you can simply ride on a charter boat and take your time observing these gentle giants.
Minimal Disturbance is a Must
Avoid disturbing the whales in their natural habitat, especially if they have calves. Furthermore, once you spot a whale, do not try to feed or touch them; avoid getting into the water with them, as well. If you’re already in the water, do not block their path as much as possible. Promptly return to your vessel or the shore.
The entire Western Australian coastline offers a great opportunity to see humpback whales that are on their yearly migration to the warm waters around Australia from Antarctica. When observing these majestic creatures, avoid disturbing them at any cost. Rather, keep a safe distance and simply admire them silently.