Special pleading for a rare sighting.
My brother, Brendan has sent me a set of images of three Southern Right Whales, close in to the shore, at a place he refers to as "Josh's Beach" at Dalmeny, near Narooma, NSW.
|Close to shore - a Southern Right Whale just visible here.|
Brendan's accompanying note explains the background to his "sighting" and why he was excited by the "encounter". Fair enough, too!
- "Three Southern Right Whales took up station (on Monday 11 July 2011) off the northern rocks at Josh's beach for a couple of hours late this morning. They were as close as 30 metres off the rocks and they stayed there for a couple of hours - more than enough time for me to go home, get binoculas and a camera and get a couple of shots. Not good enough for Australian Geographic but good enough to identify the animals.
- "I have never seen Southern Right Whales before. They are quite different to Humpbacks. In fact the photos I sent you are good enough to identify the species. The shape of the side fin and the bump on the nose are visible and diagnostic. There are heaps of data and photos on the Net.
Click on the image to see the details.
|Southern Right Whales (3). (Note the lumps on the nose)|
- "They are large (16 m or 60 foot) and fat and go up to 80 tonnes. They only swim about 3 km/hour and because of their lack of speed, because they swim inshore and because they had a high oil content they were the "Right" whale to hunt. As a result "we" pushed them to the brink of extinction by 1835. They were one of the first animals ever to be protected by law - Tasmania - if you can call that law, in 1840.
- "They were in close. In fact (back in March) Lindsay and I snorkelled pretty much where the Whales were (this week)."
Plant branch on lower right of image shows how close they were.
|Three Southern Right Whales - one waving its flipper.|