Photos of southern right whales breaching at Binalong Bay

Two southern right whales have been photographed frolicking in waters along Tasmania’s east coast.  

Angela Siejka spotted the mother and calf at Binalong Bay and Skeleton Bay about 1pm on Sunday, September 3. 

“I watched the southern right [whales] from our front lawn for about half an hour,” she said. 

Cold and blustery conditions did not deter Ms Siejka from sitting on the rocks near the Binalong Bay Gulch and watching the pair. 

“As they moved past, I walked a kilometre down the road and sat on some rocks looking towards Skeleton Bay,” she said. 

“It was here I watched and photographed the cow and her calf breaching and tail slapping for about half an hour.” 

Watching the whales swimming and exploring was so memorising, Ms Siejka said she hardly felt the cold.

Weather conditions made it difficult to hear the tail connecting with the water, but Ms Siejka described the sound of the whales breaching the water as large, sharp thunderclaps. 

“The sounds were amazing,” she said. 

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