South Australian Whale Centre to run two free workshops on whale spotting, identification

IDENTIFY: Whale spotting sessions will teach people how to identify whales, including through callosities on southern right whales. Photo: Hannah Scoles.
IDENTIFY: Whale spotting sessions will teach people how to identify whales, including through callosities on southern right whales. Photo: Hannah Scoles.

If you are a keen whale watcher, the SA Whale Centre wants you to join their team of volunteers to help identify the visiting mammals.

The centre is running two free whale spotter training sessions this month to introduce people to the citizen science project.

SA Whale Centre co-ordinator Ben Boothby said the workshops will cover basic whale identification, common whale behaviours and how to report a whale sighting in South Australian waters.

"We collate data on all whale species sighted across South Australia's coasts for research purposes and to promote our amazing and inspiring whale watching opportunities," he said.

"Data from the SA Whale Centre website's Sightings Log is used for research by the SA Museum, multiple universities, conservation and citizen science groups."

The workshops are being held from 2pm to 4pm on Tuesday, September 17 and 10am to 12noon on Tuesday, September 24.

RSVP is required by visiting the centre, calling 8551 0750 or emailing whalecentre@victor.sa.gov.au