A VERY Rare Sight…
WHAT A TREAT FOR BOTH CREW & PASSENGERS THIS MORNING!!
Not only were there Humpbacks out and about, with numerous breaches spotted in the distance to which we were heading towards when we came across a very rare Southern Right Whale...and the whale was not alone...it was a mother with her calf!
To see a Southern Right Whale and her calf is an incredibly rare sight, and even more so in our waters off the Gold Coast.
The Southern Right Whales migration is normally a short trip form the feeding grounds of the Antarctic to their breeding grounds, situated off the coast of South Australia. To have them to venture up this far is very VERY rare. Over the last few years they have been increasingly sighted in waters off the NSW coastline.
The Southern Right Whale can be defined by its dark skin, with irregular white patches on the throat and belly. It has a round body which tapers to a relatively narrow tail stock, a broad tail, with flukes which form a wide triangle with a notch in the middle. They have large, broad pectoral fins, which have a rectangular shape and a large, narrow head with a highly arched mouth.
They also have a series of natural growths called callosities on the front of the rostrum or head. The largest of these callosities is called the 'bonnet'. Callosities are also found on the whale's chin, on the sides of the head, on the lower lips, above the eyes, and near the blowholes.
For further information on these amazing creatures click on this link: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/animals/SouthernRightWhale.htm