Unexpected Visitors pop in to say G’day!
Orcas? In Coral Bay?
It’s a common misconception that Orca’s do not travel as far north as the Ningaloo, generally preferring cooler waters. These awesome photos over the weekend by Elle Gillett tell a very different story!
A pod of Orca’s cruised through the Ningaloo Reef in Coral Bay and popped up to say hello to unsuspecting tour passengers onboard Ningaloo Reef Dive.
Orca sightings, although rare, are not impossible on the Ningaloo and are more common during winter months (June – August).
Since 2005, a group of up to 27 killer whales are resident in the Exmouth Gulf for up to two months each year. Their arrival in the area is timed to intercept female humpbacks swimming north to give birth to their calves along Western Australia’s tropical coastline.
Other whales that are regularly sighted off the Ningaloo Coast include blue whales, orcas (killer whales), pygmy blue whales, short-finned pilot whales, dwarf minke whales and Bryde’s whales, making the Ningaloo one of Australia’s premier whale watching destinations.