General information about whales in Geographe Bay

Western Australia is a huge long coastline (over 10,000 km). Along this coastline we have several annual whale migrations north and south. In Geographe Bay we see four main species on a regular basis. These are

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae),

breaching humpback

Southern Right Whales (Eubalaena australis),

Blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus ) , and

blue whale surfacing

Minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). Although they look a bit like dolphins they are bigger, usually travel alone (which is rare for a dolphin to do), and they travel very fast making them difficult to spot.

We also see from time to time long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melas), Shepherd´s beaked whales (Tasmacetus shepherdi), some Gray´s-beaked whales (Mesoplodon grayi) short-finned pilot whales, and false killer whales although these sightings are of stranded whales (including mass strandings).