According to Tourism Australia, the Australian government agency responsible for attracting international visitors to the country, the sightings herald the start of this year’s whale shark season.
In 2017, a record-breaking 29,197 people visited the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef to swim with the whale sharks. The aquatic creatures migrate to the shores of WA between March and July each year to feed on plankton and krill.
Ningaloo Reef is internationally recognised as one of the planet’s last great ocean paradises, according to Tourism WA. Located within WA's Gascoyne region, the 300 km long Ningaloo Reef is the world’s largest fringing coral reef and can be accessed just footsteps from the beach – something very few coral reefs offer.
Whale shark tours, including swimming with them, are available, along with other eco-adventure tours to view marine wildlife such as sea turtles, humpback whales, orcas, dugong, manta rays, and reef sharks.