Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Two little mates on a big adventure

I know this isn’t the best or clearest of photos, but these two baby humpbacks caught my attention.

We have had a big storm here in the SouthWest. One effect of this storm was that on Sunday two baby humpback whales became separated from their mothers and were washed ashore at Lefthanders, just south of Cowaramup. One of these managed to get back out through the raging surf (7-8m waves breaking a long way out). However the other one couldn’t get back out. He kept on trying for hours.

The next day I saw another two baby humpbacks heading north past Cape Naturaliste, and into Geographe Bay. There was no sign of any adults, so  they must also have been separated from their mothers in the storm. They seem to have joined up and are off in search of their mums. Without mum they have no source of food, so this is a critical venture.

It is difficult to say what their chances of finding mum are. Never underestimate mother nature. We don’t know much about how they will try to find their mothers but I am hopeful that they know what they are doing. They have made a good start by joining up together, and I think that they are heading in the right direction. Good luck to them.

As a side note it surprised me that there were so many young calves around that were affected by the storm. Normally the female humpbacks go up north to Campden Sound to calve, and bring up their babies (they have to fatten them up before taking them down south to the cold southern waters to the summer feeding grounds). These calves must have been born off Cape Leeuwin. The one in the surf at Lefthanders was less than two weeks old by the look of him. The storm had a devastating effect on these whales who didn’t make the trip north in time for the babies arrival.

 

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