Southern right whales are here

Photo: SA Whale Centre's Facebook page.

Photo: SA Whale Centre's Facebook page.

It appears the first two southern right whales for the 2020 season have arrived in Fleurieu waters.

On Tuesday afternoon, May 26, visitors to Cape Jervis spotted two whales 200m offshore at Fishery Bay at 2.30pm.

The visitors from Adelaide, Kevin and Joey, said one whale was very active, slapping its tail and rolling around.

The other whale was close by but was not as active, coming up for air about every 10 minutes.

While the species of the whales was not known to start with, video footage was reviewed to determine they were southern right whales.

Then on Wednesday, May 27, the SA Whale Centre confirmed the whales were at Waitpinga after receiving photos and videos of them from Kings Beach at Waitpinga, just in from West Island, before heading out west.

On Tuesday, June 2, two southern right whales were spotted as close as 50m from shore at Victor Harbor, Port Elliot and Middleton. They were seen lifting tails and slapping flippers.

If you spot a whale, contact the SA Whale Centre as soon as possible by either calling 8551 0750, messaging them on Facebook, or visiting

For the most recent whale sightings in SA, visit