Thursday, 6 September 2012

Hundreds of whales recorded at South Australia’s Head of Bight, including 4 white calves

55 calves including 4 white youngsters
September 2012. More than a hundred southern right whales have been counted at the Head of Bight on South Australia's west coast during an annual monitoring program conducted by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).

119 Southern right whales, including 55 calves!
DEWNR Great Australian Bight Marine Park (GABMP) manager Saras Kumar said a total of 119 individual southern right whales, including 55 calves, were recorded within the GABMP at the Head of Bight during a two-week monitoring expedition (August 17 to 31) by Alinytjara Wilurara and Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources staff, four volunteers and 25 local Aboriginal community members from Yalata.

DEWNR Alinytjara Wilurara coast project officer Yasmin Wolf said visitors to the Head of Bight were treated to sightings of large numbers of migrating whales while they reside in the area for their breeding season, which takes place from May to October.

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