Tourism Helps Western Australia’s Whale Sharks

by | Apr 15, 2021 | Media



Tourism Helps Western Australia’s Whale Sharks

Around the world Whale Sharks are declining, but Ningaloo’s best practice tourism is helping this endangered species to thrive.

Conservation Travel expert Janine Duffy said a new study has found that whale shark numbers are increasing at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia and March 2022 will be a great time to visit.

“Visting Exmouth and Ningaloo to see whale sharks actually helps them” says Duffy.

“Exmouth Dive and Whalesharks take photographs for scientists on every Whale Shark trip and are diligent at respecting the animal’s space,” she said.

“Tour operators have also contributed vital data for another study on injuries to whale sharks, that showed that most injuries were inflicted by large ships.”

“Top marine scientists have praised the management of the whaleshark swim industry and said tourism is integral to whale shark health.”

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“But why stop there, when there’s other animals at Exmouth you can help?”

Echidna Walkabout’s new tour: Island Birds and Whale Sharks explores Exmouth Gulf, counts endangered Black-footed Rock-wallabies and surveys birds on a remote island chain, in addition to the Whale Shark conservation.

About the tour:

• 26 March – 2 April 2022 (other dates available for private groups)
• 8 days
• Small group tour
• $4725pp fully inclusive

Island Birds & Whale Sharks

Diver Debbie Ferguson said that the Whale Shark migration at Ningaloo is in full swing and has never been better.

“We’re seeing more whale sharks than ever, they are arriving earlier and leaving later, “ said Ferguson.

“We are excited to get more travellers involved in conservation of these magnificent animals, and other wildlife,” she said.

Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours is an international award-winning, social enterprise tour operator that offers small group wildlife conservation experiences for travellers who want to see wild animals and help nature at the same time.

Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo has been operating for many years on the Ningaloo Reef and is Exmouth’s original dive centre. They specialise in WhaleShark Swim Tours, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling and having a great time on the Ningaloo Reef. Exmouth Dive is the only PADI 5 Star Instructor Development (IDC) Centre on the Ningaloo Reef.

Both companies are members of Australian Wildlife Journeys: Australia’s signature collection of top wildlife specialist tour operators:


High resolution images and interviews available on request.

Media Contacts:
Janine Duffy Ph: 0427 808 747 Email:

Debbie Ferguson Ph: 0412 712 623 Email:

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