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Published July 26th 2017
Looking for baby whales
Wrapped up to guard against the cold winter air, watchers line up along the rails and gaze expectantly at the big blue sea, scanning the tops of the waves as they roll toward the beach. Air rushing into lungs in a collective gasp and fingers pointing out past the breakers are the signs that what we've been waiting for has appeared…a whale!
The massive beast rolls and languishes in the waves, spouting water and stretching its fins into the air. A single whale this time; the prize of the whale watcher, a calf, is absent. This in no way detracts from the impressive sight of this leviathan of the deep.
Logan's Beach at Warrnambool has become one of the premier sites for whale watching along the Victorian coastline and is known as being a whale nursery where Southern Right Whale calves are born. The mothers come close into land when their calves are born, while males and other young adults stay further out to sea.
The whale watching season runs from around June to September because the whales have migrated up from the Southern Ocean for the winter, where they return in September or October taking their offspring back with them.
The whales are called Southern Right Whales as they were 'right' to hunt. They were almost hunted to extinction until whaling was stopped in Australia in the 1930s. The number of whales has risen significantly over the intervening years and now we are lucky enough to be able to see them and their babies frolicking so close in to shore. As numbers keep increasing we may get to see even more of them.
The site at Logan's Beach has been upgraded over the years and is one of the places anybody must visit on a trip to the area. The viewing platforms and pathways are well maintained and allow a wonderful view along the magnificent Victorian coastline. Informative signage and plenty of parking added to an easy, enjoyable nature activity that is perfect for children and anybody else with a love of the natural world.
I will be going back very soon with the hopes of seeing a whale calf.