First whales spotted for 2018

WHALE SEASON: 2017 adult southern right whales mating 100 kilometres west of the main whale aggregation area at the Head of Bight.
WHALE SEASON: 2017 adult southern right whales mating 100 kilometres west of the main whale aggregation area at the Head of Bight.

South Australia’s whale watching season has officially started with the first whale recently spotted at the tip of the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Between May and October each year whales can be found in large numbers along Far West Coast Marine Park at Head of Bight, Encounter Marine Park at Victor Harbor as well as off the coast along the Eyre Peninsula.

The South Australian Whale Centre will officially open the whale season this Saturday, May 19.

Department for Environment and Water spokesperson Chris Thomas said the annual migration of whales to South Australian waters occurred during the cooler months, when they mated, gave birth and nursed their young.

“Most South Australian whale sightings are southern right whales and sometimes humpback whales,” Mr Thomas said.

“Whale watching is a fantastic nature-based experience, about 400,000 people take part in this activity each year in SA.”