Head of Bight - South Australia


Hours: Whale Season - 1 June to 30 October - 8am to 5pm - 7 days Off Season - 8.30am to 4pm - 7 days
Phone: 08 8625 6201
Contact Name: Terry and Claire - Managers
Address: Eyre Highway, Nullarbor SA 5690
Head of Bight Whale Watching
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Head of Bight Southern Right Whale and White Calf

Head of Bight is recognised as a calving ground and nursery of international significance for the species.

The Southern Right Whales come to Head of Bight to give birth in the protected bay each year between Mid May to late October.

Females feed and nurture their young in the shallows where they can best protect their young from predators such as their Killer Whale cousins or the Great White Shark.

Head of Bight Whale Facts

  • Between May and October approximately 100 whales appear at Head of Bight
  • Whales at Head of Bight take up 'residence' for the entire 5 month winter period
  • 2% of Southern Right Whales born at Head of Bight are white and turn grey instead of the usual black
  • You are guaranteed to see a whale from June to August
  • As at 3 September 2012 there were 119 whales at Head of Bight - 55 of them calves
  • Of those 55 calves four of them were white
  • 1000 whales have been recorded in the Head of Bight region
  • Some whales have been observed returning to Head of Bight since 1991

What are the whales doing at the Head of Bight?

Southern Right Whales visit the Head of Bight each year to give birth, mate and socialise. They arrive in May and depart around October. They spend the rest of the time travelling to or feeding well offshore in the Southern Ocean.
In June and July most of the whales you will see are adults. You may be lucky enough to observe these 70 tonne mammals mating (look for groups rolling around on the surface).
By late August you can commonly see the mothers swimming along the cliffs with their young calves at their side.
At this time there are often 70 or more whales in the area visible from the platform. By the time the whales leave in October the calves have grown and have become strong enough to join their mothers on the long migration south.

Last Updated: Monday 27th June, 2016


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