Whales on their way to Far West Coast

SPOTTED: Adult southern right whales mating near Head of Bight in 2017. Photo: DEWNR
SPOTTED: Adult southern right whales mating near Head of Bight in 2017. Photo: DEWNR

Whale watching season on the Far West Coast is almost here after the first southern right whale was spotted near Fleurieu Peninsula in the past week.

Between May and October whales can be found in along the Far West Coast Marine Park at Head of Bight, at Fowlers Bay and along the Eyre Peninsula.

The South Australian Whale Centre is officially opening the whale season on May 19 in Rundle Mall and at Victor Harbor’s Whale Time Playtime Festival on May 27.

Department for Environment and Water spokesperson Chris Thomas said whale watching attracted about 400,000 people to take part in this activity each year in South Australia.

The department reminds people they must keep vessels 100 metres away from whales at all times but additional restrictions applied in more sensitive areas including Head of Bight.

Drone operators should also keep drones a minimum of 300 metres away from whales.

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