Moreton Bay Wildlife

Moreton Bay is a magical place. The water is a perfect deep blue and the air is fresh and crisp. Humpback whales travel to the warm, tropical seas of Queensland for their breeding season. They provide us with spectacular displays of their strength and grace in the water by sometimes leaping completely out of the ocean and slapping the surface with their fins. There’s a lot more wildlife to see in Moreton Bay too. It really is the place to experience nature at its best. When you head out whale watching, here’s what else you can keep an eye out for!


While spotting whales, you might also spot one of eight species of dolphins found in Moreton Bay, frolicking in the water. The bottlenose and the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin are residents of the Bay and can often be seen showing their playful side.


The dugong is rather shy, but if you are lucky, you might see this beautiful sea animal as it is commonly found in large herds of approximately 100. They are gentle and move slowly and gracefully in the water.


See a suspicious fin poking out of the water? It may be a hammerhead shark or the endangered gray nurse shark. Both of these species call Moreton Bay home and can be visible while whale watching.


Birds are in abundance in Moreton Bay and the 10 species that live and breed here provide over 3,500 shorebirds. Curlews and the terek sandpiper are common in the summer. Short bills and legs or long bills and legs, a variety of colours and personalities, you’ll find them all in the birds of Moreton Bay.


Moreton Bay is considered to be slightly shallow, making the thousand species of fish easy to spot in every colour, shape and size. Squid also live here.

Sea turtles

There are only seven species of sea turtles in the world, and you can find six of them in Moreton Bay. The green and loggerhead turtle are permanent dwellers, while the others come and go according to their eating and breeding seasons.

There’s a world of birds above the water and a whole other world of animals below it. The whales will, without a doubt, take your breath away, but you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of untouched and protected array of Moreton Bay wildlife!

Immerse yourself in the experience of spotting Moreton Bay wildlife. Join Brisbane Whale Watching for a tour today!

Kerry Lopez

Captain of the Eye Spy
15 August 2015