Southern Right Whale at Logans Beach Images Featuring Whales Blowing, Feeding, Spy Hopping, Body Rolling and a Cow with Calf
A visit to Logans Beach viewing platform late afternoon of the 24-Sep and early morning of the 25-Sep provided sightings on both occasions. There seems to have been very few confirmed sightings after this date, Visit Warrnambool website refers, so this was an exceptional wildlife photography opportunity.
Southern Rights (Eubalaena australis) are baleen whales and feed by filtering food through baleen plates, which hang from each side of the upper jaws.
The first whale image in the gallery shows a Southern Right Whale blowing in the late afternoon, sighted a long way off shore. The other images show the rough seas on an overcast day and sightings from 07:40. The first of a whale initially sighted in the east blowing and then making a transit along the surf zone and parallel to the beach. After thirty minutes, it was parallel to the viewing platform close enough to see that it was in fact a cow with her calf. The cow went onto display diving posture with humped back, spy hopping and body roll.
Southern Rights have triangular tail flukes, large broad rectangular shaped pectoral fins, a large narrow head with highly arched mouth and no dorsal fin. They grow up to 17 m and weigh up to 100 tonnes, identified by the callosities (bonnet) on rostrum (head) and chin. At birth, they are 4.5 m to 6 m.