Humpback Whales, Manta Rays and of course the magnificent Whale Shark!

Ningaloo Reef and the North West town of Exmouth are in full swing with this weekend’s upcoming ‘Whale Shark Festival’. The streets are lined with flags, the caravan parks are filling up and car parks are increasingly difficult to find at either of Exmouth’s two IGA’s.

Not only is the town buzzing at this time of the year, the ocean is also more alive than ever. The last couple of weeks have seen the first sightings of the much anticipated Humpback Whales who are taking part in the largest Humpback Whale migration in the world! Each year an estimated 30+ thousand whales make their way from their feeding grounds in the nutrient rich Antarctic waters to the warmth of their breeding grounds in the Kimberly region of Northern West. Australia.

In addition, Ningaloo is blessed with regular feeding aggregations of Manta Rays at the back of the reef, where you can often see the spectacular underwater limestone ridges and coral gardens on the ocean floor. While swimming with these magnificent creatures one must marvel at the grace and elegance with which these creatures move through the water.

Other daily and weekly sightings include turtles, dugongs, dolphins, hundreds of species of fish, sea snakes and even on the lucky days we are blessed with a sighting of a great hammerhead or a tiger shark.

Keeping you up-to-date from Ningaloo.

KV

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