CBSPA News: Whales off Berrara 2009
1st August, 2009
From the beginning of August 2009, were privileged to have two Southern Right Whales and their calves off Berrara Cove and Beach. The calves were born here and if the same happens as has it has in the past, they will be here for 4 - 6 weeks.
Berrara has become the whale watching capital of our area. On the 18th August, there were six adult Southern Right whales off Berrara Cove in groups of two. The nearest pair were no more than 50 metres from the rocks. The other whales were further down Berrara Beach.
What a sight! They were so close you could hear the whale noises, their exhale of spume into the air and of course their fins and tails slapping on the water. How privileged are we? In 2002 we had one mother whale and her calf here for about six weeks and this is the first time since then we have had whales for any length of time.
Never has there been so many people walking Berrara Beach or crowding the lookouts along the foreshore.
The photos are not very good as I only had my 3X zoom camera with me but in each picture you can see at least one of the whales in each group and just how close in they were.
The Whales moved off after four weeks,about the end of August. We just hope they put Berrara on their itenary next year.