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#1205789 - 30/07/2013 22:13 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
BIG T Offline
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Loc: Albany Creek , QLD
Liza, how long does the whale season last down there.? We are coming down for a family holiday end of sept, early October.

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#1205791 - 30/07/2013 22:31 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Registered: 02/12/2001
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Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Hi BIG T. The whales usually leave about October. I hope they will still be here when you arrive!
You can sit for hours watching the adults and also observing the development of the young. The adults are huge, and as they are close to the shore here you often don't need binoculars.
I am presuming there will be some more calves soon - just have to keep an eye on the whale sighting log.
Have you browsed the SA Whale Centre page, as there are some good pics. and info.

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#1207149 - 13/08/2013 21:04 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
15 whale sightings today vicinity of Basham Beach Middleton - mums and calves. Wonderful!!

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#1207153 - 13/08/2013 21:22 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
BIG T Offline
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thanks for the info liz , appreciated. Hope we get lucky when we are there.

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#1207337 - 15/08/2013 21:20 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Yes, BIG T - fingers crossed!
The local paper reported / showed a pic on Aug.1st that for the third year in a row a grey- morph has returned. (A rare Southern Right Whale) This whale was born white but turning grey as it matures. The report also mentions that this Whale was also sighted at Portland last year.

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#1207567 - 18/08/2013 17:03 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
Werner K Offline
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Hi Liz,

have the whales disappeared to deeper water with this stormy weather?

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#1208045 - 22/08/2013 21:42 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Hello Werner K. I haven't been observing during the rough weather but I don't think this deters the Whales. You could email the SA Whale centre to ask them. sawhalecentre.com
Once I was watching the Whales on a very windy day when even the seagulls had trouble taking off and they were just lying at the surface close to the shore.
There were 18 Whale sightings at/near Basham Beach today. This included 7 mums and their calves. Lots of action!


Edited by liz (22/08/2013 21:48)

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#1208047 - 22/08/2013 22:00 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
Werner K Offline
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Wow, that is a lot! I think the most I have ever seen down there is 3 or 4.

I have been to the Head of the Bight a few times and it's quite good there. Another excellent spot is Cape arid NP in WA, the whales get so close as the water is very deep next to the rocks.

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#1208074 - 23/08/2013 08:49 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Its good to see the Whales so close Werner K. then you can appreciate how huge they are.
This morning - cool, a bit drizzly and windy so I went to see the Whales. Not many people around.
Driving down the Basham Beach Road I knew they were there with one spraying. I always park on the rise just before you can drive down towards the beach and whale watching platform.
Enjoyed a pec display, then nearby a fluke display, spy hopping and, then the grey morph spy hopped!!! Well, that made my day.... I am glad I took the binoculars!!

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#1209224 - 05/09/2013 15:15 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Its 15C, almost calm so its whale watching time! Not many spotters at Basham Beach and, because the sea was quiet with the occasional line we had a great view of the whales. The closest one was about 200m off shore.
Should have taken the binoculars as the grey whale was reported in the log recently and it was hard to do a count as some were quite a distance out.
It was a case of look! there's one , then a bit further away another sighting and so on. Not a lot of activity, just loafing but, the usual Pec wave on arrival and spy hopping and of course blowing. The whale sighting log has been very informative - 25 sightings on the 3rd.

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#1211507 - 26/09/2013 10:38 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
BIG T Have you left for your holidays yet? If you haven't had a chance to check the whale sighting log, the Whales are still here - usually in the Basham Beach area. Mum and calf this am.
Sounds like the train has been popular (as in my previous posts). Apparently this train has been stopping to enable passengers to photograph etc the Whales. Would have been special the other day when the Whales were close to the viewing platform. I will be sad when they leave.

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#1212141 - 01/10/2013 15:55 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
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I recall seeing a few whales at Victor Harbour during a family visit to South Australia in September/October 1998! Not sure what exactly type/species they were, most likely Southern Right Whales, I only vaguely remember them as two or three black lines showing up out of the water and then disappearing under again. smile

On a slightly unrelated note (in terms of location at least), my family and I got to see some whales, most likely Humpbacks or otherwise Southern Right Whales, migrating north up the East Coast while in Sydney in July 2010! My family and I weren't expecting to see them, we were staying in Manly and went to visit North Head on our last day before returning to Melbourne, but a team of scientists and students from Macquarie University was there also. Most of the whales were out offshore in the Tasman Sea, but one female was just inside the entrance of Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) giving birth! I'll never forget that experience! smile

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#1212604 - 05/10/2013 07:38 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Registered: 02/12/2001
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Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Hi aussiestormfreak, always good to hear a whale tale!
The Whales are still here including a sighting over Kangaroo Island way. Quite a few spotters around now due to the School Hols.

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#1212705 - 07/10/2013 08:12 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
BIG T Offline
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Hi liz, we are home from our sth aus odyssey. We stayed a night at victor harbor and took the duck out into the bay, we went around to basham beach to see four whales, including mother and calf. There is a 300mt rule which doesnt allow real great viewing but one of the whales came over to within about 40mt of the duck , so we got real lucky.

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#1213024 - 10/10/2013 13:09 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Registered: 02/12/2001
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Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Hey BIG T thats wonderful you got to see the whales! Guess you took heaps of pics! Cheers.

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#1213960 - 17/10/2013 14:08 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
aussiestormfreak Offline
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Loc: Melbourne (Belgrave); Corryong...
Originally Posted By: liz
Hi aussiestormfreak, always good to hear a whale tale!
The Whales are still here including a sighting over Kangaroo Island way. Quite a few spotters around now due to the School Hols.


G'day Liz! Yes it sure is, I'm glad I could share my experiences even if the details from my last South Australian trip are rather sketchy and fragmented lol poke

I might be visiting some family friends in Victor Harbour during my next visit to SA in just over a week's time, are there still reports of any whale sightings in the area at present? Or is the whale-watching season pretty much coming to an end for the year?

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#1214000 - 17/10/2013 17:04 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Registered: 02/12/2001
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Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Hello.Think it would be best to call in to the s.a whale centre in victor harbor for an update. Hope some are still here for you to enjoy.

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#1249665 - 17/03/2014 23:16 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Registered: 02/12/2001
Posts: 1901
Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Hello everyone. In case you missed a media report, a Humpback Whale was sighted at Waitpinga . This is a very, very early sighting!

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#1262563 - 04/05/2014 20:01 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Registered: 02/12/2001
Posts: 1901
Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Yahoo! Whale sightings close to home! A travelling unknown species was sighted from King's Beach (near Victor Hbr) today. Check out the whale centre log sawhalecentre.com/sightings/index.html (And of course their web page) as the launch of the whale season will be in Adelaide soon.

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#1263072 - 09/05/2014 12:58 Re: Whales near Victor Harbor [Re: liz]
liz Offline
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Registered: 02/12/2001
Posts: 1901
Loc: Near Victor Harbor S.A.
Southern Right Whale 150 metres out by Victor H/br causeway yesterday. Hope it stays in the vicinity as will be another attraction for the great weekend this part of the coast.

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