The Art of Whale Watching
Whales are some of the largest mammals on the planet and although they spend much of their time underwater, their warm blooded nature makes them more akin to land-dwelling creatures than to cold blooded fish. The entire species falls into the animal category of Cetacean, of which there are just over 80 unique types of whale known to swim the broad oceans across the world.
Of these species, more than half of them are present within Australian seas and as a result, the continent has become one of the most popular destinations for Perth whale watching enthusiasts. People of all ages flock to Queensland and the Gold Coast in particular, to experience what it’s like to be just metres from some of the largest animals in the world.
Of these beautiful creatures humpback whales, sperm whales and even killer whales are a frequent sight – and with each viewing, an enthusiast can document their experience before moving on to the next species. One of the most appealing aspects of the activity is that no two experiences need be the same.
Even visiting the same spots will typically yield a very different encounter than the time before and as whales boast some of the largest brains in the animal kingdom, many people are able to interact with them; albeit from a safe distance. From watching a herds’ migration as parents and their offspring travel to warmer waters for the winter, all the way to witnessing the mating calls of gargantuan blue whales – if there’s one thing that most watchers will agree on, it’s that every encounter is unique and full of adventure.
Safety Tips for Whale Watchers
As beautiful as they may be, whales of all shapes and sizes are still wild animals and should be respected when in their natural environments. Although many species are used to the occasional boat following them on their journey (with plenty more than willing to interact in the process), it’s worth noting that they are powerful enough to capsize smaller crafts, so caution should always be exercised.
The best way to get up close and personal with these stunning beasts, whilst minimising risk and enhancing safety, is by booking a tour with an agency. These specialists will have a firm understanding of the best routes to take, the most popular spots for sightings, as well as a host of information to ensure that the experience is as exciting as it is productive.
As the transport will be taken care of when on the waves, all that will be left to do is to pull out a pair of binoculars, document the activities of whale species and record the most exhilarating events as some of nature’s most beautiful creatures – as they inquisitively swim alongside the vessel on their journey to their next destination.