What's On In The Region
Info about the various seasonal animals
Coral Bay is the only place in the world where snorkelling with manta rays is possible all year round.
Every year from March to July following the mass spawning of coral, the world’s biggest species of fish can be seen on the Ningaloo Reef. Tours to swim with these gentle giants on the Ningaloo Reef are available from Coral Bay as well as Exmouth (150 km north of Coral Bay).
Coral spawning is one of the most fantastic sights you will see. The mass spawning event is when coral eggs and sperm are released into the water and float to the surface. Fertilization then takes place and the process of larval development begins. The larvae continue developing for the next 4-6 days while at the whim of the ocean currents until they are ready to find a place to settle on the ocean floor. At this time the larvae actively swim down to the seabed and search for a suitable place to settle. Upon attachment to the seabed the larvae change their form to that of the adult animals known as polyps.The major period of coral mass spawning on Western Australian reefs mainly occurs after the full moon in March or April. On the nights spawning normally begins around 8pm and last until about 10pm. Dates of major spawning may vary slightly at different reefs along the WA coastline
Each year we get to observe the huge Humpback Whales migrating. In Coral Bay we are fortunate enough to have the whales travel close to our reefs on their way up north and on their way back south as well. Whales migrate up the north-west Australian coastline to their breeding grounds. Then travel to the Southern Ocean with their calves to their feeding grounds. Hundreds of whales are sighted each season.
The dugong is endangered but we are fortunate enough to have a large population of them in Coral Bay.
These are the only vegetarian sea mammals. This is why they get called the sea cow. They can grow up to 3 metres and can weigh up to 400 kilograms. Dugongs are not an attractive creature to some but you cannot help but be amazed with its gracefulness.
Thorny Devil - October to April
The Thorny Devil is a very cute little reptile covered in what appears to be thorns, but a really lumps of fatty tissue that help the animal survive in harsh, dry desert country, and even though they may look quite dangerous they are harmless, mainly eating only ants. Thorny devils grow up to 20cm in length. The biggest threat to this little lizard are cars, so keep a lookout when driving in the region to prevent harm to them.