A brilliant day on Flinders Bay today with a very special encounter with a very happy baby Southern Right whale who decided to show off his moves. After spending some quite time with the mother/calf pod the little one decided to show everyone on board how much he has learnt over the last few weeks with some very cute baby breaching and even a few tries at tail slapping… absolutely adorable!
Later on mum decided to show us just how coordinated our Southern Right whales become through a lot of practice by carefully rolling onto her back and balancing for a while which gave us the most fantastic view of her very large pectoral fins and that wonderful white splash of white on her belly. Both mother and calf were completely relaxed and it was very peaceful to sit and watch these magnificent creatures play and learn in our Southern Right Nursery grounds.
A few large Humpbacks were also enjoying the calm conditions today with two very large individuals surfacing only a few metres away checking us out before continuing on their journey north. Dolphin pods were also busy feeding in the bay with a large pod of 15 individuals coming over to say a quick hello.
Date – 27.7.16
Species – Humpback
Lat – 34 . 22. 064 Long – 115 . 13 . 202
Notes – Unique double “bump” on dorsal fin edge