Did Someone Say Whales?

The ‘Ningaloo Super Highway’ is back in action, turning the waters off Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef into whale soup !The humpback whales have arrived early this year, sharing the waters with Ningaloo’s most famous resident – the whale shark. Normally the humpbacks reach Ningaloo at the end of July, on the way to their over-wintering (and birthing) grounds in the Kimberley. Following the humpbacks are pods of killer whales, looking for a humpback calf sized meal.

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The wildlife calander along the Ningaloo Coast is on non-stop rotation, moving from sea turtles, to whale sharks, humpback whales, killer whales, and back to turtles – of course not forgetting the fish, reef sharks and manta rays that call Ningaloo home year round. From July, our guests will often see humpback whales breaching from right out the front of their Wilderness Tents, making it one of the most popular times to visit, as the infamous whale sharks are also still in the area welcoming snorkellers to get a closer look. Did you know the spots covering the sharks are individual to each one? Just like a human’s fingerprint they are used by scientists to identify individual animals and some sharks have been photographed 17 years after first being sighted!

Some recent guests at Sal Salis were lucky enough to swim with 5 different whale sharks, spot a pod of killer whales AND two humpback whales in one day last week – we weren’t lying when we said whale soup!