If you want to see animals in their natural habitat, Western Australia will not disappoint. Galahs, quokkas, tortoises, different species of reptiles, are just examples of wildlife you can find in the Perth surrounds. Surely enough I have seen many wild animals on this trip. Six of them in only one day! This is the list of the 6 different types of animals I have seen in one day around Shoalwater area, Western Australia.
Last time I came to WA I had the great pleasure of watching 35 to 40 whales (Humpback and Southern Right) having a party in the ocean in front of me when I was randomly walking around the Blow Holes of Albany. It was such an unreal unexpected experience. Those huge whales were breaching and splashing water everywhere in such a way that I am pretty sure they were pretending to be dolphins.
You don’t see whales jumping around that much every day.
This time it was the dolphins that prepared an expected show for me. It was not part of the plan but our ferry ride to Penguin Island was surprised by 2 female dolphins with their babies. They were so closed that it felt almost like I could touch them.
Although it was very cool to see dolphins, I have to point it out that they were much better behaved than the whales from Albany. Maybe there is a personality issue happening in WA’s ocean.
Ok, I was in Penguin Island so you would expect me to see penguins around. But, it doesn’t change the fact that it was almost 40C in Perth so, seeing penguins “sunbathing” with me at the beach, was pretty amazing. The Australian penguins are the smallest in the world and they are malting this time of the year, which makes them seriously cute.
3. Australian Marine Seals
You cannot stop in Seal Island but you can get very close to it with the ferry. The seals here are much smaller than the elephant seals I saw during my road trip in the USA last year (check the video on my Facebook page). According to our ferry driver, the most successful seals are the biggest and fattest so, if in our eyes they were all sleeping and relaxing at the beach, in seals’ perspective they were actually working out.
There a 500+ community of Pelicans living in the area. Seeing hundreds of them together is just unreal.
5. Sea Birds
There are 50 different types of birds around Shoalwater area so, to be honest, all I could recognize was the pelicans – and it was only because it is very difficult to miss out on such a large community. Although I don’t know what those birds were, they definitely helped to make the scenario even more beautiful.
6. King Skink
It was a bit scared for me but a huge sensation for the kids.