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Exmouth and the Ningaloo Reef (Ningaloo Marine Park) is now synonymous with whalesharks. Although the whaleshark is widely distributed throughout the tropical regions of the planet, Western Australia has become one of the best places to visit, with people from all over the world coming here to snorkel and interact with these giants of the sea.

With some of the whale sharks reaching up to about 12 metres in length, and unofficial reports having them reach 18 metres in length, it is no wonder that people are fascinated in these creatures that feed entirely on plankton.

Whale shark sightings are pretty common during April-June, with interactions to these creatures managed by the Conservation and Land Management (CALM), who regulate the number of snorkellers in the water with a shark to a maximum of 10. Other restrictions include no flash photography and how long a single interaction with a whaleshark may last. Contact the Exmouth office of CALM for more information.

Other sharks you can expect to see around Exmouth include reef sharks (white tip reef sharks), grey nurse, tawny nurse, cat shark, oceanic white tip, grey shark, bronze whaler, wobbegong shark and the tiger shark (which is very shy). The wobbegong shark is nocturnal and spends most of the day sleeping on the bottom, although those found at Navy Pier, seem to prefer a more elevated position amidst the pylons. Having a motley colouring makes them very well camouflaged, as they blend into the background. They are easily identified by the beard-like frills around their mouth, but care must be taken, as despite their inertia, the shark has a very fast reflex and can deliver a nasty bite.

Check out our listing of Exmouth accommodation and Coral Coast accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

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Exmouth Visitor Centre
Murat Road
Ph: 08 9949 1176
Freecall: 1800 287 328 (within Australia)

CALM - Exmouth District Office

Exmouth Attractions

Whale Sharks
• Despite their name 'whale sharks' are not whales, they are actually the world's biggest fish, growing up to 18 m in length. Between April and July, the whale sharks arrive in Exmouth to feed on the zooplankton that thrives in the warm water. Whilst whale sharks swim the world's ocean looking for concentrations of food, Ningaloo Reef is one of the only places they are known to return to regularly, in large numbers.
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Exmouth Distance

Distance to Exmouth
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Exmouth:
• Broome 1,366
• Carnarvon 363
• Denham 681
• Kalbarri 798
• Monkey Mia 704
• Ningaloo 122
• Perth 1,257
• Port Hedland 777
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
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