Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

Posts tagged “calf

Close Encounters

It is the height of the humpback whale migration south at the moment. Plus there are a number of blue whales passing by. Yesterday a mother calf pair of humpbacks seemed to be inspecting the coastline and they passed Pt Picquet less than 30m from the shore. They dawdled past Eagle Bay and when they went past Rocky Point they were still just outside the line of rocks in the shallows. The calf was pretty excited, continuously doing tail slaps. Here are some images.
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To cap off the day two pairs of blue whales passed within 300 metres of the shore at Pt Picquet later in the day.

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Southern Right Whales

This is a slight diversion from the Kimberley! I took this shot yesterday of 3 Southern Right Whales in Geographe Bay just off Castle Rock. I was up on top of the rock and waited for them to come past. As they went past Dad got a bit frisky and turned and fronted Mum, then span around. They locked flippers (I guess the whale equivalent of walking arm in arm!). The calf got caught between them and here you can see the calf’s tale in the air as it tries to get out.

I am not an expert on whales, but these seem to fit the descriptions of Southern Right whales – they are very large (the mother is around 50 foot long – 15m). One characteristic of the SRW is that their blow is V shaped and these whales exhibited that characteristic. According to Wikipedia there are only around 1500 of these along the southern coast of Australia.

Southern Right Whales

Mum and Dad are cuddling up and Junior has to get out of the way!