Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Australia's Whales, Dolphins and Crocodiles
When you think of animals in Australia, you tend to think of the iconic Australian marsupials like the koala and the kangaroo. But Australia is also home to some large and interesting animals that live in the water - whales, dolphins and crocodiles.
Australia is one of the best places to go whale watching, as during the season, the humpback whales migrate up both the coasts of Australia from the frigid waters of the Antarctic to give birth in the warmer waters of the tropics. Hervey Bay in Queensland and Port Stephens in New South Wales are famous for their whales watching tours, as is Exmouth on the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia.
There are many locations in Australia where you are privileged to be able to swim with dolphins, but if you are not keen on getting wet, probably the best place to see dolphins is Monkey Mia in Western Australia. In Monkey Mia, selected dolphins are fed on the beach every day by the research team and you can generally be guaranteed to see the dolphins and maybe even chosen to give one a fish!
One of the most feared denizens of Australia is the mighty saltwater crocodile. Saltwater crocodiles are very efficient apex predators, so to view them it is best to go on an organised river tour or visit a crocodile farm. You can even see the crocs jumping on the cruise on the Adelaide River in the Northern Territory.
So read on for more information on Australia's whales, dolphins and crocodiles