Nin­ga­loo Dis­cov­ery joins whale swim trial

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Nin­ga­loo Dis­cov­ery, op­er­ated by Char­ter 1, has con­firmed they will be tak­ing part in the State Govern­ment’s hump­back whale swim trial this year. The tour op­er­a­tor said both their 60ft power boat and 55ft cata­ma­ran will be made avail­able for the ex­pe­ri­ence.

Own­ers Sarah El­lis and Matt Oak­ley said they were ex­cited to add hump­back whale swim­ming to the itin­er­ary.

“We are thrilled to be given the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer our guests the ex­pe­ri­ence of swim­ming with a hump­back whale for the first time ever in Western Aus­tralia and couldn’t think of a bet­ter way to do it than from our amaz­ing sail­ing cata­ma­ran,” Ms El­lis said.

“We couldn’t imag­ine a bet­ter life­style, hav­ing the abil­ity to share the things we love and the awe-in­spir­ing marine en­vi­ron­ment with our guests is some­thing we are grate­ful for ev­ery day.”

Nin­ga­loo Dis­cov­ery fol­lows in the foot­steps of Sal Salis, which con­firmed late last year they would be tak­ing part in the trial.

The hump­back whale swim trial will start around June when mi­grat­ing whales ar­rive in Nin­ga­loo Marine Park.

Whale shark swim sea­son usu­ally starts in mid-March, but suc­cess­ful swims have been con­ducted early for the se­cond year in a row.

Pic­ture: Nin­ga­loo Dis­cov­ery

Nin­ga­loo Dis­cov­ery’s 55ft cata­ma­ran will be used for the whale swim trial.

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