We saw a whale - then we saw a heap of whales - or is it a pod?
By Judy Evans
August 9, 2018 11:45pm CST
The area of South Australia called the Head of the Bight (or simply Head of Bight) is a bay which marks the most northern point of the Great Australian Bight. Head of the Bight and Point Anne in Western Australia are two locations on the south coast where southern right whales come to calve on their migration north from Antarctica. . In South Australia, the Bunda Cliffs line this stretch of the Nullarbor Plain coastline and a boardwalk, viewing platform and interpretative centre have been installed so the public can watch the whales going about their lives. The area is also accessible to wheelchairs and these can also be borrowed free from the Centre. From the boardwalk we could easily see eight to ten whales swimming just a short distance off-shore. Getting a photo wasn’t quite so easy however. The one I’ve used is, I think, of a cow and calf. The white lumpy patterns of skin on the head are called ‘callosities’ and are used to identify individuals. After watching in vain for whales back in Victoria, we were thrilled to see so many in one place. It was really very special.
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Yep. I said it. Nuke 'em all. I'm tired of hearing about how the Japanese are wrong for hunting them, I'm tired of all the 'Save the Whales' groups. I'm tired...
@JudyEv Saying it with confidence it the key. It’s like when you’re busting to go the to the toilet when your out and there isn’t one around - you just walk into a swanky hotel past the doorman with a swagger that suggests that you own the place and no-one will challenge you and you can then piddle in style and walk away with whatever toiletries you can lay your hands on.
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@Marty1 In some species males are larger but I couldn't find out which is larger for the southern right. Blue whale and baleen whale females are larger but humpback females are smaller. And I found out a blue whale's tail can be about 25 feet across but I think they are bigger than the southern right.
That is very exciting. We have had a few whale sightings in New Jersey this year. One was where I live. Here is a youtube video of a whale sighting in a neighboring town.