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Have a whale of a time watching for the majestic creatures that frequent Portland Bay, Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater. Our Southern Ocean waters are a year round whale watching destination, and there are many vantage points to watch from land as Blue Whales & Southern Right Whales frolic in our special waters
If the yellow flag is flying outside the Portland Visitor Information Centre, there is a great chance visitors will catch a glimpse of Southern Right Whales, which often visit Portland & Cape Bridgewater Bays in winter. Southern Right Whales are easily distinguished by large white bumps on the top and sides of the head.
They are predominately dark brown to black in colour, grow up to 18 metres long and may live for 60 years. They visit the south-west coast from May to October, on their annual migration from the deep Southern Ocean where they feed, to the warmer waters of southern Australia, to mate and calve.
During our summer months, when the Bonney Upwelling occurs, Earth's largest mammal, the Blue Whale visits. . The average length of a Big Blue is about 22-24 metres and they can weigh over100 tonnes. Blue Whales are mostly spotted from November to May. Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater are two of a few places in the world where Blue Whales can be seen feeding from land.
Winter Southern Right whale
viewing spots :
Summer Blue Whale viewing spots :
For more information on Blue Whales and the Bonney Upwelling, pick up a copy of our brochure at the Visitor Information Centre or visit
To receive updates on Southern Right & Blue Whale sightings and movements, visit
www.whalemail.com.au or call 1800 035 567, and remember to keep a good pair of binoculars handy.