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It's whale watching season

/ 05 Jun 2018
The first whales of the season have been spotted in Victoria's Port Phillip Bay.

The whales have been spotted out the front of Roro Café just near the Searoad Ferries terminal and the research director from the Dolphin Research Institute confirmed they are the first whales spotted in the bay.

From May until early October, Victoria's spectacular southern coastline is prime spotting territory for humpback whales, southern right whales, blue whales and orcas as they make their annual pilgrimage from the feeding grounds of Antarctica to give birth and raise their calves in Australia's warmer waters. More than 60 percent of the world's whale population can be found in Australian waters, where numbers have grown steadily over the last twenty years. Whales begin arriving in May and stay until early October, when they make the return journey to Antarctica.

Whales can be spotted out at sea all along the Great Ocean Road, past Phillip Island and on to Gippsland's south coast, however, the best viewing opportunities are found in and around Portland, Warrnambool and Phillip Island. Visitors can watch from purpose-built viewing platforms, clifftops and rocky outcrops along the coast or join a wildlife cruise or scenic flight to get a closer look. 

Searoad Ferries, which operates two all weather car and passenger ferries between Sorrento and Queenscliff is not only the most scenic way to get from Mornington Peninsula to the Bellarine, but also one of the most likely ways to spot whales during the season. Budding whale spotters can keep track of movements with this Great Ocean Road Whale spotter.

Phillip Island celebrates the arrival of the ocean’s most majestic creatures with an annual festival that welcomes the migration of humpback and southern right whales. The Island Whale Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to dive into this immersive and educational three day event on Phillip Island.


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