Humpback whale breaches near Port Lincoln

BREACH: The humpback whale breached on Sunday afternoon to a stunned charter boat. Image supplied: Jack Burgess.
BREACH: The humpback whale breached on Sunday afternoon to a stunned charter boat. Image supplied: Jack Burgess.

Members on board a recent charter were treated to a ‘spectacular’ humpback whale breaching near Langton Island on Sunday afternoon.

Calypso Star Charters crew member, Jack Burgess managed to snap a photo of the whale on his DSLR camera.

“We see whales a few times over the winter, but none that produce big breaches in such calm conditions,” he said.

“We weren’t expecting it to breach, let alone breach so spectacularly.”

The humpback whale was spotted at about midday by the 10 passenger sea lion charter on their way back to Port Lincoln.

Mr Burgess has worked for the company for four-years and said they predominantly only saw dolphins, sea lions and sharks on their charters.

“I was very lucky to get the photo, it had risen to the surface a few times so I just pointed my camera at the spot,” he said.

“Everyone on board was cheering, it was a fantastic moment.

“We see dolphins on at least half the trips we take and they were swimming around with the whale.”

Mr Burgess said if they did see whales on a charter, they normally saw humpback or southern right whales.

Humpbacks and southern right whales are the most commonly seen whales along Australia’s coastline.

Both species of whale feed in Antarctica in the summer and then migrate north to Australia to breed and give birth on the southern coast, around the Bight.