The humpback whale is one of the most easily recognisable of the large whales. Often the first sign of its presence is its 'blow', a cloud of vapour that it shoots into the air when it breaks the surface to breathe. Humpbacks get their name from the humped area of blubber anterior to their dorsal fin that is accentuated by the arching of their backs when diving. The maximum recorded length is 17.4 m, and females are generally 1.0–1.5 m longer than males.
The humpback whale produces a variety of sounds throughout their habitat range. These sounds can be used for foraging, when in distress and in non-mating, social circumstances
May signals the beginning of the annual whale migration, as humpback and southern right whales make their way from the food-rich southern ocean to breeding grounds in the warm northern waters. July to October, you’ll see them frolicking in our food rich waters of King George Sound in Albany, before returning south to the colder seas to grow and mature. The migratory habitat for the humpback whale is primarily coastal waters less than 200 m in depth and generally within 20 km of the coast.
In the South Coast region, a series of purpose-built towers have been erected to allow visitors to observe and record whale activity. Occasionally the playful giants come so close to shore, you can see them clearly through your binoculars from vantage points along the beach and viewing towers and platforms along the coast.
Ironically, you'll often see whales breaching only a few hundred metres from the slipway of our historic whaling station. They feel safe again in our waters.
Humpback whales are now protected throughout Australia.
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