In season we count over 150 whales in our bay. Known as the whale coast.
The Southern right whale visits us from the end of May to the end of November every year. Whales continue to be seen until early January but in far fewer numbers.
They come to give birth and mate in the warmer and protected waters of our bay.
They seem to be curious by nature and will often pop their heads out of the water to have a look at the people watching them and then put on a display of enormous strength launching their bodies out of the water several times in succession to the delight of the crowds. Seagulls always seem to always be around to collect the somewhat stunned fish after the whales crash back into the ocean. Whales will often approach the whale spotting boats to within touching distance to have a good look and seem to have no fear at all.
In order to show off they will reverse up out of the water tail first holding their tail aloft like some huge banner for ages. One whale was there for so long we thought it had jumped and then landed face down in the ocean bed – stuck ! He wasn’t; he was just the best tail waver we ever saw.