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Whale Watching

Witness a massive southern right whale migration

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Each winter thousands of southern right whales make a stop in South Australia's beautiful coastal waters during their annual migration from the feeding grounds in South ocean to warmer northern waters. Many nature enthusiasts start spotting whales in mid-May gathering atop the cliffs and rocks that overlook the ocean. Meanwhile, whale watching tours and cruises usually operate from June through September. Fleurieu Peninsula (Victor Harbor), Kangaroo Island (Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary), and the Eyre Peninsula are the most popular whale-watching locations. There are also whale watching tours departing daily from Fowlers Bay Jetty.

The seaside city of Victor Harbor, a one hour drive from Adelaide, boasts the sighting of 30 different whale species. It also offers much information about marine life at the South Australian Whale Centre and useful tips on whale watching. Many visitors head to The Rosetta Head (The Bluff), Encounter Bay, Port Elliot, and Middleton to see not only the whales, but also seals, dolphins, and sea lions and dolphins.

Whales can be spotted from the shore of the Southern Fleurieu Peninsula during July, August, and September. The Fleurieu Peninsula is recognized as a Southern Right Whale Aggregation Area. Southern right whales dominate there, but people also see humpback whales, bottlenose and common dolphins, sea lions, seals, sea eagles, albatross, little penguins, and others.

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Last updated: by Olha Savych