The Whales Could Be Visiting Any Time Between July And November!
Pictures on this page were mostly taken in August and include – Whales breaching, Waratah Bay sunrise and pink sunset, people fishing on the beach, young boy running, footprints in the sand, a surfer walking out of the water and one walking in, Waratah Bay Caravan Park, whale fins and tails, coastal plants, horses on the beach, seagull, views across to Wilsons Prom and more. If you want to check if there have been whale sightings, try giving the Waratah Bay Caravan park managers a call. One side of the park is located right on the beachfront, the staff are extremely helpful and friendly, and the park has excellent facilities in this wonderfully peaceful location.
The Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) migrate to the southern coasts of Australia each winter and have a habit of calving or resting very close to shore at Waratah Bay, Victoria, Australia, only a short drive away from where I was living in Foster. Although it was the middle of winter, we had delightfully sunny days which made it very pleasant to stand on the beach and watch these fabulous whales for hours on end. It was the first time I had ever seen them, so my excitement was high. The Waratah Bay Caravan Park managers reported seeing 8 of these large mammals, which average around 15 metres in length. and at the time I took these photos, had been in the area for at least three weeks.
An Adventurous Boat Ride – Several surfers were able to get right next to the whales. I was offered a boat ride to venture a little closer … and an almighty adventure it turned out to be as a large wave tipped the boat sideways and drenched the occupants. My expensive camera was saved amidst some shocked faces, followed by laughter, and then relief. What great fun it was! Enjoy the photos.
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