Warrnambool's whale population continues to grow

Having a whale of a time: Up to 14 Southern Right Whales can be spotted at Logans Beach whale nursery daily. It is the best season in four years.  Picture: Perry Cho: Patient Eye Imaging.
Having a whale of a time: Up to 14 Southern Right Whales can be spotted at Logans Beach whale nursery daily. It is the best season in four years. Picture: Perry Cho: Patient Eye Imaging.

This year’s whale season continues to be a bumper one with up to 14 whales at Logans Beach at any time. 

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) confirmed on Monday that there were four Southern Right Whale mother and calf pairs and up to six other single adults who were mating and socialising in the nursery area daily.

DELWP Barwon South West senior biodiversity officer Mandy Watson said it was the best whale calf season at Logans Beach in four years, following the arrival of a fourth Southern Right Whale calf at the nursery in mid July.

She said on average there were two new additions to the critically endangered population at Logans Beach per whale season. “Our last strong season was back in 2013 when five Southern Right Whale calves were born.” 

Ms Watson said small groups of single adult Southern Right Whales had been seen at other locations including Portland, Port Fairy and Western Port Bay in the past four weeks.