I need a bigger camera! Because when I grow up I want to be a whale watcher! 🙂
In my last blog, I did a pictorial post on our fabulous weekend away on the southern shipwreck coast of Victoria. We stayed at Warrnambool and went to the Logan’s Beach Whale Watching platform over looking Lady Bay. It’s so easy to access with the platform and steps down to the beach. And so close to Warrnambool that we just had to visit!
This picture doesn’t do justice to their majestic presence but I do have a slightly more interesting one to show you later…
The pregnant females come north from sub-Antarctica to the “warmer” (relatively speaking) climes around mid-May to calve. The mum gives birth to a one-tonne, five-metre baby after a gestation period of about 12 months. This area is one of the whale nurseries dotted along the southern coast of Australia. Others are more popular getting more whales visiting and this area usually only gets two to three mothers and calves for the season.
The nurseries have reasonably shallow waters and strong wave action which apparently helps to protect the calves from predators.
These are Southern Right Whales and these amazing creatures are, sadly, still on the endangered list. I felt very privileged to have seen them even at distance…
… and extra lucky to catch this one just off shore, coming out of the water.
So how about you, fancy a spot of whale watching?