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Japan to end scientific whaling

Posted on April 1, 2014 by annabelle No Comments
Kimberley whale watching - eco-tourism on the Kimberley coast

Kimberley Whale Watching welcomes the UN International Court of Justice’s decision to ban Japan’s scientific whaling programme.    The ICJ’s 16 member judging panel voted 12 votes to 4 in favour of Australia’s argument that Japan’s programme was not designed for scientific purposes, and ordered that Japan’s permits be revoked and no more issued. Although […]

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Whale blow

Posted on February 2, 2014 by annabelle No Comments
whale blow Cable Beach - Kimberley Whale Watching

  Although many people believe that Humpback whales blow water from their blow holes, the “blow” is a combination of air, carbon dioxide and mucous.  Humpbacks have a 3m heart shaped or bushy blow which is visible from several kilometres away, and is often the first indication that there are whales in the vicinity. Humpbacks […]

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Idiosepius pygmaeus

Posted on January 3, 2014 by annabelle No Comments
Pygmy squid

This beautiful little Pygmy Squid (probably Idiosepius pygmaeus) is only about 1cm long with tiny circular fins at the rear end, and longer tentacles that extend from shortish arms at the front of the animal. Feeding on tiny shrimps and crabs, it’s said that the squid sneaks up on shrimp and immobilises them by biting through […]

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George Swann joining Kimberley Wildlife 2014 Expedition as our ornithological guide.

Posted on December 20, 2013 by annabelle No Comments
George Swann, Kimberley Birdwatching.

We are thrilled that George Swann from Kimberley Birdwatching will be joining our 2014 Kimberley Wildlife Expedition Cruises as our ornithological guide. Kimberley Birdwatching partnered with Kimberley Whale Watching last year on our 2013 “Seabirds and Cetaceans” expedition cruise, and George brings a wealth of knowledge about the Kimberley’s birdlife. Read more about our 2014 […]

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Diving Macleay Island

Posted on November 30, 2013 by annabelle No Comments
Naturalist Richard Costin's dinghy loaded with swag and stores on the beach at Macleay Island.

Diving in Kimberley waters is not for the faint hearted; saltwater crocodiles and  sharks cruise these tropical waters, and strong tides and currents can take unwary divers by surprise.  However, determined to explore an island he hadn’t previously visited, Broome based naturalist Richard Costin packed his swag on the roof of his dinghy and set […]

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2014 Wildlife Expedition Cruises

Posted on October 12, 2013 by annabelle 3 Comments
2014 Kimberley Whale Watching 7 day wildlife expedition cruise.

Kimberley Whale Watching is pleased to announce their 2014 Wildlife Expedition Cruises along the Kimberley coast on MV Reef Prince. The 7 Day/6 Night trips start at $3,000 per person twin share, including a scenic float plane transfer from Adele Island to Broome or reverse. These exciting Wildlife Expedition Cruises will visit some of the […]

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Humpback whales and dolphins, Broome

Posted on July 9, 2013 by annabelle 1 Comment
Dolphins Cable Beach

We’ve been out on the water four times in the past week, and several times have observed pods of dolphins feeding with Humpback whales. For the past two days, in glassy conditions,  we watched as a juvenile Humpback fed with a pod of unusually small dolphins, which appear to be some sort of Bottlenose together […]

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First whale sighting for 2013

Posted on May 7, 2013 by annabelle No Comments
A female humpback whale slaps her tail off Cable Beach.

Absolute Ocean Charters logged the first Humpback whale sighting of the 2013 season on Sunday 5th May 2013, about a mile off Gantheume Point, near Broome’s iconic Cable Beach.  This is about two weeks earlier than sightings in the recent past.

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Whale barnacles and whale lice

Posted on March 17, 2013 by annabelle No Comments
A Kimberley Humpback whale displays whale lice.

Humpback whales carry a variety of free-loading parasites, including barnacles and lice.  Indeed, an adult Humpback can carry nearly half a tonne of barnacles!  The whale barnacles (Coronula diadema) prefer areas of the body where water flow is constant, such as the head and lips, and will walk around until they find the best area […]

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New “Seabirds and Cetaceans” expedition cruise

Posted on February 5, 2013 by annabelle No Comments
Kimberley Whale Watching trip 3

Join Kimberley guides Richard Costin, from Kimberley Whale Watching, and George Swan, from Kimberley Birdwatching on a 10 day expedition cruise along the Kimberley coast, from 11-20 Sept. 2013. Observe the world’s largest population of Humpback Whales in their breeding grounds.  Search for the rare and elusive Australian Snubfin Dolphin and the recently described Dwarf […]

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