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Jellyfish

As the Whitsundays have warm, tropical waters, they are host to many types of marine animals, including jellyfish and marine stingers. There are many types of jellyfish that live here, with the two most well-know as the Irukandji jellyfish and box jellyfish. You can protect yourself from stingers by wearing a stinger suit, which are on board every Whitsunday Catamaran. Read More

Dolphins

The most common dolphins to be seen all year round in the Whitsundays is the easily recognisable bottlenose dolphin. These intelligent animals are playful, family oriented animals that never fail to delight the young and old alike. Overnight Whitsunday Catamarans have a special blue light attached to the hull of the boat which attract these beautiful animals at night. When the lights are on, you can witness the dolphins feeding as they have a sweet tooth for squid, which are attracted to the lights. Read More

Reef Sharks

The sharks you will be most likely to see while diving or snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef are our very timid reef sharks. They are very at home amongst the coral and are often seen cruising around the shallow waters of the Whitsunday Islands and reefs. Keep an eye out in the shallows for a close up view when visiting Whitehaven Beach, where they are often seen swimming in the shallow, clear waters. Read More

Goannas

Goanna is the term used for Australian Monitor Lizards; they are native to Australia and can be found all around the Whitsundays on both the islands and the mainland. As a lizard, they are skittish and easily scared, so if you hope to see one you have to stay quiet and keep your eyes open! Read More

Aboriginals

The Ngaro are an Aboriginal tribe that inhabited the Whitsunday islands at least 8000 years prior to the Europeans arriving in 1770. They are considered to be the traditional owners of the islands and surrounding areas and continue to live in the area today. Read More

Loggerhead Turtles

Loggerhead turtles are a common turtle seen around the Whitsundays while cruising with Whitsunday Catamarans. While not the most common of all the turtles you may see here, they are a local resident that are often encountered on the reefs. Of all the 6 types of turtles that frequent Whitsunday waters, they are the most endangered of all the species and are carefully protected. Read More

Wobbegong Sharks

Wobbegongs are one of the many shark species that live in the Whitsundays. Named for their unique and unmistakable appearance, their name is said to come from the Aboriginal word for "shaggy beard." The sharks themselves have beard-like growths around their mouths that give them a beard-like look. Read More

Hawksbill Turtles

The Hawksbill is a species of sea turtle found in the Whitsundays. It is a very attractive turtle with its very powerful parrot like beak and olive-green shell and is one of 6 species of sea turtles that live in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It is one of the longest living turtles and takes over 30 years to reach sexual maturity, whereupon it will mate and hopefully produce offspring. Read More

Sea Eagles

The white bellied fish eagle is a commonly sighted bird in the Whitsundays. Witnessed cruising around the Whitsunday air, this giant predator grows to a 2 meter wingspan and can stand nearly one metre in height. It is a truly majestic raptor, is the second largest bird of prey found in Australia and can be found right here in the Whitsundays. Read More

Humpback Whales

The magnificent humpback whale visits the Whitsunday Islands every year during the winter months to have their babies and enjoy the warm waters. From July to October, the waters of the Whitsundays are full of these beautiful creatures, which take part in their annual pilgrimage from the antarctic up the east coast of Australia. Read More

Parrots

The Whitsundays are full of beautiful wildlife, plant life and landscapes. The tropical climate draws in many amazing animals that call the Whitsundays home. The Whitsundays is full of amazing and stunning birds, all of which can be seen flying around the Whitsunday air and enjoying the all the beauty that the Whitsundays has to offer. Read More

Leatherback Turtles

The leatherback turtle is one of the 6 species of sea turtles that makes its home in the Whitsundays. Unique in appearance elusive in nature, they are a rare and welcome sight. They are a very large species that can grow up to a length of almost 2 metres or 6 feet and weigh up to 980 kgs or 2,000lbs, making them the largest of all the sea turtles. Read More

Dugongs

Dugongs are a large marine mammal known for their docile nature and large size that are often spotted in the Whitsundays. They are often spotted in particular bays, often with calves, cruising around the clear blue waters. As mammals, they need oxygen to survive, meaning they are often spotted surfacing for air. Read More

Green Turtles

Green turtles are one the largest turtles that visits the Whitsundays. They also are the most common to see when sailing with Whitsunday Catamarans and are often spotted while both snorkelling and sailing. The aboriginals knew that when you cooked a green turtle their fat turned an unusual bright green, which is where they actually get their name, rather than from their external colour. Read More

Stingrays

Stingrays pepper the Whitsundays and are often seen when snorkelling, playing in the shallows or visiting Whitehaven Beach. They are closely related to sharks, but have wide flat bodies and mostly hang out on the ocean floor. Read More

Coral Trout

When snorkelling or fishing in the Whitsundays, coral trout are one of the most abundant and impressive species you will see. Dotted all over the reefs, these large fish are both beautiful and elusive, hiding out in underwater caverns and caves. Going by the names of coral trout, leopard coral grouper, or leopard coral trout, they are pink, red or brown with blue spots covering their bodies. Read More

Nudibranch

Nudibranchs are on of the most colourful creatures on earth. As such, they are a snorkellers and scuba divers’ obsession and are an awesome target when exploring under the sea. Read More

Cod

Cod are a large group of fish ranging from the small, colourful basslets to the large Queensland groupers. It’s a beautiful family of fish that loves playing hide and seek with the divers are sought after under the water. They are often found inside caves and cracks, under ledges, or inside soft coral trees. Many can adjust their colour to blend in with their surroundings, sometimes making it hard to spot them while snorkelling or scuba diving, but they are usually all around, just waiting to be found. Read More

Maori Wrasse

The Maori wrasse is a favourite among many visitors in the Whitsundays as well as the crew on board Whitsunday Catamarans. Maori wrasse are a magnificent and truly awesome fish that can be as big snorkellers and divers themselves! Swimming with big wrasses will be the highlight of your trip in the Whitsundays, as they are found in many of the reefs and bays visited by Whitsunday Catamarans. Read More

Cleaner Fish

Cleaning station fish are located where fish and other marine life congregate to be cleaned. They are the little fish that are often seen covering the bodies of bigger fish. Their job is to clean parasites and other debris from the larger fish’s body, and in turn they get a free meal. Often time, cleaner fish in the Whitsundays it the cleaner wrasse, but there are several other species of cleaner fish that live here. Read More

Common Fish

The Whitsundays are abundant with marine life. The coral reefs are full of amazing marine species, including marine mammals, sea turtles, corals, plant life and plenty of fish. Below are some common fish you might spot while snorkelling, scuba diving or even fishing in the Whitsundays. Read More

Starfish

Starfish, as they are commonly known, are also known as sea stars and are a type of invertebrate that lives in the Whitsundays. There are 630 species of starfish and urchins on the reef, all of which play a vital role in its life cycle. Known mostly for their star-like shape, they do come in many shapes and sizes and play many different roles in the giant ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef. Read More

Anemone Fish

Ever since the release of Disney’s 'Finding Nemo' anemonefish or clownfish are a sought after sight while diving or snorkelling in the Whitsundays. Luckily for us, there are a few clownfish families that call the Whitsundays home. Whitsunday Catamarans’ crew will take you to secluded anchorages where they will point out where you can find these funny fish. Read More

Sea Cucumbers

Sea cucumbers are another type of echinoderm, related to starfish, that you will find these on the seafloor in the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef. They are a funny sight and resemble a cucumber or slug-like creature that does little moving. They are extremely common in the Whitsunday Islands and you are always likely to see one on the seabed during a dive or snorkel. Read More

Mantarays

Mantarays are the largest ray in the ocean and are commonly spotted in the Whitsundays. These gentle animals are absolutely magnificent to watch as they swim gracefully through the water. They are extremely curious of people are often approach scuba divers and snorkellers as they make their way around the reef. They are completely harmless, although their sheer size might get your blood pumping as they approach! Read More

Parrotfish

Tropical parrotfish are all over the fringing reefs of the Great Barrier Reef and are known for their colourful scales and beak-like mouth. They are a divers and snorkellers favourite and are constantly sighted below the waves. They can come in any colour or combination of colours including purple, pink, green and blue. Read More

Ospreys

Osprey eagles are commonly spotted in the Whitsundays during a Whitsunday Catamarans tour. They are often spotted sitting in the tree tops in the firsts that blanket the Whitsunday Island slopes or soaring high above the water in search of prey. Ospreys share their habitat with white bellied sea eagles and sometimes battle for food. The eagles often force ospreys to stop fish that they have caught and then steal it midair. Read More

Clams & Giant Clams

Giant clams are really a sight to see in the Whitsundays. These amazing and formidable animals lay all over the ocean floor, decorating corners and crevices everywhere. You will see little clams wedged in cracks in the coral that they slowly grow into, all the way to giant clams sitting on the reefs floor or squeezed between rocks. Read More