The Wildlife You Can Spot with Jet Adventures!

 

Jet Adventures’ Cape Naturaliste Wilderness Cruise is the perfect combination of exciting and informative, making it the perfect family activity.

Unlike the Thrill Rides where Peter pulls out all the stops, tricks and turns to make you lose your breath, the Cape Naturaliste Wilderness Cruise sets off at a fast but steady pace. It feels much like being on a fast boat, enjoying the wind and the sunshine while learning about the iconic Cape Naturaliste and everything within it.

But let’s get on with it, here are the animals you can spot while on a Wilderness Cruise with Jet Adventures!

The birds

An osprey in flight
Ospreys are often spotted around Meelup Beach and Eagle Bay
Gannets
Amazing Osprey
A Sooty Oystercatcher
This Sooty Oystercatcher had several babies close by.
Pelicans at Old Dunsborough

 

 

The Cape Naturaliste Wilderness Cruise is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Gannets, Pelicans, Oystercatchers and Ospreys are some of the amazing avian life we can spot from our seats in The Exhilarator. Ospreys can sometimes dive at speeds of over 75 km per hour to snap fish out of the water. I guess Eagle Bay is aptly named!

Among these, there are also sometimes glimpses of Fairy Penguins, though those are a little rarer.

Dolphins

Dolphins are commonly seen off the coast of Dunsborough and Margaret River
Bottlenose dolphin
Local pods of dolphin wander through the Bay year round

These happy little chaps always so glad to see you in the water. There’s nothing like bumping into a pod of these adorable dolphins, they can sometimes travel in schools of hundreds!

Pete says their numbers grow over the summer and it’s not uncommon to see them surfing the swells at Bunker Bay and further around in Yallingup.

These dolphins are actually a type of whale and belong to the group known as ‘toothed whales’. There are many other toothed whales in the Ngari Capes Marine Park, however, the Bottlenose Dolphins are the most commonly sighted. The other toothed whales that are prevalent in the marine park are the Killer Whales, Long and short finned pilot whales and also the Sperm whales. To learn more, click here!

Those furry little seals

Cape Naturaliste Wilderness Cruise tours Dunsborough

These lads just want to lie on their rock in the sun all day long and dip in the waters whenever they feel like it. Watching them from the boat, we can’t help but think the life of a New Zealand Fur Seal ain’t bad at all, just look at em!

Females are metallic on the back; paler underneath with a brown belly. Males have dark grey-brown dorsal fur, a pale muzzle, a pointed snout and a thick mane of long guard hairs. Males are much larger than females; around three times heavier. Pups are dark brown with silvery-grey fur on the head and neck.

Even though the water is stunning we don’t stop for a swim at this point. Peter explains that great white sharks tend to hunt close to the colony and it would be a brave diver who would get in the water here.

The Whales

The best whale watching experience in the South West of Western Australia
Whale Watching Tours in Dunsborough
Whales breach often in the Bay

During Whale Watching Season (August – December), the region really puts on a show for passengers of the Cape Naturaliste Wilderness Cruise.

You will get up close and personal to whales on the Exhilarator, see and hear the whales like never before.

The 3 whale species most regularly found in Geographe Bay are –

  • Humpback whales
  • Southern Right whales
  • Blue whales

The Humpbacks we get in Geographe Bay are almost always on a southbound trek as they are making their way to the cooler feeding grounds for the summer. Some whales will move through the bay quickly and methodically conserving energy while others will take their time and chop and change direction as well as putting on spectacular aerial displays with countless breeches and have seemingly endless amounts of energy. To witness a humpback whale in full flight is definitely an amazing sight and Geographe Bay is one of the very best places in the world to see it up close.

The Southern Right whales are usually the first whales seen in Geographe Bay each year as they migrate up from their southern feeding grounds. They tend to come in very close to shore where they can give birth and feed their calves whilst keeping out of the way of predators. Mating pairs can also often be seen from the shore frolicking around in the shallow waters of Geographe Bay.

The Blue whales are the biggest of all the whales and are generally seen here later in the season when the waters start to warm. They travel great distances from the tropical waters where they give birth through to the polar regions where they feed. They tend to travel through the bay quite quickly and will pass Busselton usually at around 30 metres of water and then come right in close around the Dunsborough and Castle Rock areas where they are often seen in around 10 metres of water.

Ready to get a glimpse of all these amazing wildlife? Book A Cape Naturaliste Wilderness Cruise Now!