First southern right whale for 2019 season spotted in Fleurieu Peninsula waters

The southern rights have arrived!

Well, at this stage there is only one confirmed southern right whale in Fleurieu waters, but it marks the start of the 2019 season for the species.

The southern right was 350 metres from shore at Dump Beach near Investigator Car Park, Victor Harbor at 9.25am on Thursday, June 13.

It was seen breaching and travelling towards Granite Island by an official whale spotter.

Ten minutes earlier, another official spotter saw two whales breaching 100 metres from shore off Chiton Rocks, but the species was unidentifiable.

Later on Thursday, at 12.50pm, a grey morph southern right whale was seen blowing and breaching 700 metres from shore at Waitpinga Cliffs.

The sightings come after the first humpback whale was spotted in the area at the start of May.

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In related news, the SA Whale Centre is running a 'Junior Whale Spotter' program during the July school holidays, where children can learn how to observe and identify different whales that visit the coast of South Australia, through games, craft and fun.

There are six sessions available from 2pm to 3pm on July 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, and 19.

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