Whales arrive in Camden Sound

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Two humpback whales rest in front of Bumpus Island in Camden Sound.

This week we’ve had reports of Humpback whales off Broome and Langgi in Camden Sound. The Humpbacks make an annual migration to calve in the Kimberley’s warm, tropical waters, usually arriving in the last week of May or first week of June.

Broome moon

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A waning gibbous moon rises over Roebuck Bay in Broome on Western Australia’s Kimberley coast.

King Tides Broome

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Wet season storm clouds build up behind Broome jetty at the Port.

Squelching around near the Broome jetty in soft, velvety mud to mid calf, I noticed a featherstar waving delicate feathery arms with stripes in shades of milky coffee in a shallow, sandy pool. Broome is famous for its large tidal variations and the King tides over Easter brought super highs and super lows with a difference of up to 10m.