Humpback whale pursued by Great White

Shark pursues Humpback Whale along Perth’s Beaches

9. May
2014

Several of Perth’s beaches were closed last week as a 4 metre Great White Shark pursued a 6 metre Humpack Whale within 100 metres of the shore.   The whale appeared to be in poor health and staying close to shore for protection according to Department of Parks and Wildlife senior marine wildlife officer Doug Coughran.

Humpback Whale close to Perth beaches. Photo: Surf Lifesaving Western Australia

Humpback Whale close to Perth beaches. Photo: Surf Lifesaving Western Australia

“In this case…it’s come into shallower water and traverse up and down the coast where it can’t be ambushed from below, from the deep,” Mr Coughran said.

“From what I’ve observed over the years, any animal that’s compromised will do things to increase its survivorship and avoid being picked off.

“They are afforded some protection from travelling closer to shore. It’s a learnt strategy that they will try and be invisible.

“Basically what we saw today was nature being played out on our doorstep.”

The Humpback Whale northerly migration begins this month, with the first whales already being sighted in Flinders Bay,  Augusta this week.  Our skipper, Dean Jensen, saw 3 Humpbacks while out on a charter in Kalbarri on Tuesday.  Kalbarri is 600 km north of Perth.  Dean said he believed these were the front runners of the migration.

Legend Charters will commence it’s 2014 whale watching charters in Augusta in the last week of May.  Bookings are open from Friday the 30th.  If Humpbacks are being sighted regularly, we will begin the Augusta whale watching tours earlier.  Watch this space for information.  This photo was taken the first tour of the season last year:

First day whale watching in Augusta for 2013 – flying Humpbacks!

First day whale watching in Augusta for 2013 – flying Humpbacks!