Seeing a killer whale, also commonly known as an Ocra, is a privilege very few have had the chance to witness. About 50 kilometres off the coast of the small holiday and fishing town of Bremer Bay is a deep canyon, less than half a square kilometre in size. This recent discovery is home to the largest pod of killer whales in the Southern Hemisphere, with up to 100 killer whales spotted in the area at one time. You can witness this unique phenomenon by joining a daily research expedition that departs from Bremer Bay from late January to April each year.
Scientists believe that during a six-week period in summer a cold, salty current flows through the Bremer Canyon and creates an upwelling nutrient-filled water that attracts a plethora of marine life. In addition to killer whales, other apex predators surround the site including sharks, giant squid, dolphins and sperm whales.
Killer whales are present at the site or nearby more than 96 per cent of the time, making it a highly reliable expedition and one of the largest congregations of killer whales in the Southern Hemisphere.
Killer whale expeditions
More than a whale watching tour, the Killer Whale Expeditions are a part of a research program. By joining, you not only help to support the program but you also become a part of an important project by assisting to spot Killer Whales. During the 1.5 hour journey to the site, you can also expect to see a wide variety of marine species including seabirds, dolphins, sharks, tuna and seals.
Bookings can be made direct with a tour operator or through surrounding visitor centres, such as Albany and Bremer Bay. Daily transfers from Albany are also available as a day trip, or you can extend your stay to include a Bremer Bay sights tour the following day.
Stay the night...
For great accommodation after your once in a lifetime experience, there’s several options in Bremer Bay town, or nearby. One of the excellent available options is to stay with Bremer Bay Caravan Park. Bremer Bay caravan park offers camping and caravan sites and a variety of cabins within an informal, friendly environment.