Surfers and whales share the water at Middleton | PHOTOS

Hundreds of whale watchers made the most of southern right whales coming close to shore at Middleton, as surfers enjoyed a sunny day in the waves.

People lined the shore with binoculars and cameras at Basham’s Beach, next to Middleton Point, on Wednesday, July 12, to get a glimpse of the whales.

The southern rights were just a couple hundred metres from the beach, within view of the surfers at Middleton Point.

After a slow start, the whale season is in full swing on the south coast, with more whales spotted today (Thursday, July 13). A mother and calf was spotted at Basham Beach and three adult southern right whales close at Petrel Cove, at The Bluff.

Although the swell was small on Wednesday, surfers made the most of the sunny conditions during the school break, with long boards and mini-mals.

The swell is expected to ramp up over the weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 14, 15 and 16).

Saturday will be the pick of the weekend with light south westerly winds early, swinging to light north-westerly during the day.

Rules for surfers near whales

Any other vessel (for example, cabin cruisers, yachts, tinnies, inflatables, kayaks, wind surfers and kite surfers): No closer than 100m to whales. No closer than 50m to other marine mammals.

For more information visit National Parks’ whale watching page.