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Whale Calf Safe After Boat Disturbance


A Southern Right calf and its mother are now safe in the Lower Eyre Peninsula after being disturbed by boats in Encounter Bay.

Whale experts have held concerns in recent weeks over the young calf’s survival after it was disturbed by boats in Cape Schanck and Phillip Island in Victoria earlier this month and after travelling to South Australia was disturbed again by boats on July 16 in Encounter Bay.

On July 24, whale spotters were relieved to see the the pair at Sleaford Bay on the Lower Eyre Peninsula where they appear to be safely resting.

Photo of mother and calf from footage by Senior Ranger Darryl at National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia