Only 37 kilometres from the Bremer Bay Boat Harbour is where the Bremer Bay Killer Whales spend most of their time hunting during January to April. The particular area we spend a lot of time in is only 10 kilometres in size and sits alongside the edge of the continental shelf, this favourite feeding location is name The Patch.
A reliable food source can be found and with so many Killer Whale family pods congregating during January to April it is also a perfect opportunity for females to meet suitable mates. It is believed that the Bremer Bay Killer Whale population do not venture too far from the region and this stretch of southern coastline is very much their home.
Giant and Colossal Squid is a favourite amongst the population and is their predominate food source during the summer months. They also specialise in hunting species such as Beaked Whales and Blue Whales, with Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales highly likely to also be part of their diet once the migration of these species takes place during the winter and spring. Tuna and Australian Salmon have also been observed as a food source for this population with other fish species likely to be included in their diet.
Yes, our 100% lifetime guarantee ensures that should Killer Whales not be sighted on your tour you will receive a return trip completely free of charge to be used at a time suitable for you in future seasons. Even if other species such as Pilot Whales or Sperm Whales are sighted on the day, your return trip is still guaranteed as Killer Whales are the focus of these dedicated tours. We are proud to provide the only 100% genuine sighting lifetime guarantee available in Western Australia for our whale watch experiences.
Killer Whales are extremely curious and have a brilliant sense of hearing, they can easily recognise the sound of our vessel and know who we are. This enables us to build a relationship with the different family pods over the years and build trust with them. Laws in place to protect the Killer Whales ensure that we will not approach any closer than 50 meters when working with the adults of the family and no closer than 150 meters when working with young calves. Providing them with this reactionary distance enables them to approach us when they are ready which happens frequently on most tours.
No, it is very important that we have a minimal disturbance on the Killer Whales when visiting their home. Touching, feeding or swimming with the Killer Whales is an extremely unnatural situation for them to be in and can severely change the behaviour of this population. Touching, feeding or swimming with the Killer Whales takes them away from their regular routine of foraging and hunting and teaches them to become reliant on us for food and entertainment. Simply observing them from a respectful distance provides us with the opportunity learn about and protect these apex predators without changing their habits, very important when working with such highly intelligent individuals.
A population estimate of approximately 200 individuals makes this the largest known congregation of Killer Whales in the Southern Hemisphere. Every single Killer Whale belongs to a family and the average sized family pod ranges from 6-20 individuals. Our tours can sight anywhere from one to eight or more family pods in the area depending on who is foraging or socialising on that particular day.
Killer Whales can be found in every ocean around the would, this includes the different oceans surrounding Australia. Although Killer Whales have been sighted in different waters around Australia, their movements are not well known and areas can go many years without sightings. Bremer Bay is host to the largest congregation of Killer Whales who feed in a focused area over the summer months enabling extremely regular sightings of them on a daily basis.