First southern right calf of 2019 season

NEW FACE: The first southern right whale mother and calf have been seen at Middleton. Photo: Debbie Prestwood.
NEW FACE: The first southern right whale mother and calf have been seen at Middleton. Photo: Debbie Prestwood.

The first southern right whale calf of the 2019 has been born in Fleurieu waters, according to the SA Whale Centre.

At 3.15pm on July 3, the centre received a report of one, possibly two whales at Middleton travelling to Goolwa about 800 metres offshore.

Distance made it difficult to determine whether there were two whales or not, but analysis of photographs revealed there were two: the first mother and calf this season. A pilot in the area also confirmed it was a mother and calf.

"So far we have had plenty of individual whales visiting the Encounter Bay coastline but not staying for a long period of time. Hope now is this new mother will make herself at home here and utilise the Encounter Bay coastline to nurture her new calf; if so we could have them stick around for a good period of time," the SA Whale Centre said in a statement.

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