Feeding the Whai (Stingrays) at Hamlin Bay, WA

Hamlin Bay is about a 4 hour drive from Perth, and @pipi_kiwi and I headed down to see the whai close up and to give them a feed.

There are 2 main species that lurk around the old jetty, hoping that someone will come along with fish. We were the only ones there that had bought fish for the whai. Seeing these magnificent creatures up close was truly amazing. They also come in quite fast and if they do not break fast enough you can nearly get pushed over - as I found out! LOL They also seem to like my dive boots that I was wearing as they kept on heading to them, giving me a nudge, then pipi_kiwi would give them a kai.

The Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae) are opportunistic, swimming around then seeing if they can beat the whai to the fish.

All in all a great time!

Posted by tangatawhenua tangatawhenua, February 17, 2018 06:52

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 04:32 PM NZDT

Description

Not sure what species this one one. Lurking in the water at Hamlin Bay

Photos / Sounds

What

Silver Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 04:32 PM NZDT

Description

Swimming around in the shallows waiting for someone to feed the rays had then they sweep in for the fish. The black shadows in the water are some of the rays.

Photos / Sounds

What

Short-tail Stingray (Bathytoshia brevicaudata)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 04:37 PM NZDT

Description

I think this species. Lurking in the shallows at Hamlin Bay

Photos / Sounds

What

Short-tail Stingray (Bathytoshia brevicaudata)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 04:35 PM NZDT

Description

I think this species. Lurking in the shallows at Hamlin Bay

Photos / Sounds

What

New Zealand Eagle Ray (Myliobatis tenuicaudatus)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 04:47 PM NZDT

Description

I know this is the eagle ray but not sure of the species. Lurking in the shallows at Hamlin Bay

Photos / Sounds

What

Dodder Laurels (Genus Cassytha)

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 15, 2018 05:00 PM NZDT

Description

I think this genus as it looks similar to a psecies from home.

Comments

Lovely photo's....

Posted by rongoa over 4 years ago (Flag)

That Whai looks pretty big...

Posted by rongoa over 4 years ago (Flag)

Ae it was big - about 1.5m across!

Posted by tangatawhenua over 4 years ago (Flag)

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