The Marine Wildlife of Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is packed full of animal encounters. From the pristine, white sand beaches to the lush green rainforest, there are plenty of native species dotted around the island just waiting to be discovered.

In the waters surrounding the island, there are also plenty of incredible creatures, from gigantic whales to cute penguins and everything in between. Here’s what to keep an eye out for:

  • 1. Little Penguins

    Little Penguin

    The Little Penguins that live on Kangaroo Island are firm favourites amongst visitors because they are the smallest – and arguably, cutest – penguin species in the world. There are numerous colonies peppered around the island on some of the beautiful beaches.

  • 2. Australian Fur Seals

    Australian Fur Seals

    If you find yourself in the Western Kangaroo Island Marine Park, keep your eyes peeled for members of the Australian fur seal colony that live there. The males can grow up to more than 2 metres in length, while the females flock to the shores of the island to mate and give birth.

  • 3. Australian Sea Lion

    Australian Sea Lion

    Seal Bay is one of the most popular destinations on Kangaroo Island, and is famed for having one of the largest collections of Australian Sea Lions in the world. These social animals gather together in large groups and frolic around the shoreline.

  • 4. The Fish of Kangaroo Island

    The waters surrounding Kangaroo Island are awash with tropical fish species. One of the most eye-catching are the Harlequin fish, which boast bright blue spots on their heads and can grow to around 75 centimetres in length.

  • 5. The Sea Birds of Kangaroo Island

    The backdrop of Kangaroo Island makes it the ideal habitat for a range of sea birds, the most common of which is the hooded plover. This small shorebird can be found on the more remote islands of the beaches as well as in the Southern Spencer Gulf Marine Park. They are particularly unique because they lay their eggs in shallow holes in the open sand. Another bird you might come across is the white-bellied sea eagle, which is actually more like a large kite than an eagle. They can be found nesting on the cliffs and in tall trees around the island.

  • 6. Southern Right Whale

    The waters around Kangaroo Island are also home to some bigger marine creatures – the southern right whale. These majestic animals travel to South Australia to breed every year and can often be seen from the coastline in the waters off the island around Victor Harbour.

Explore the Kangaroo Island Tour today.

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