WHALES seen off the Bluff and 13th Beach are likely to be Southern Wright Whales, according to Wayne Longmore, collections manager for terrestrial vertebrates, Museum Victoria.
“Southern Wright Whales seem to come here from July to October. They normally inhabit the Southern Ocean where they feed on krill. They move up here to calf.
“They can occasionally be seen from the coast but they are normally in a little bit deeper water.
“Sometimes they will hang around for quite a while before they move on, if they are not disturbed.
“That’s the commonest whale, although there are three other species, the hump back, the killer and the blue whale.”
Legally not allowed to disturb them, same rules as applied to dolphins.