Whales spotted in waters near Bridport

An Examiner reader has captured a whale and its calf enjoying the state’s North-East.

On Sunday, Marcus Archer spotted the animals near Bridport. 

“They were heading towards Barnbougle and then towards Waterhouse Island,” he said. 

“[The whales] were travelling about one kilometre every 10 minutes.”

Whale sightings can be reported to Whale and Dolphin Strandings and Sightings on 0427 942 537.


Whale watching guidelines from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. 

  • In a vessel, approach no closer than 100m to a whale or 50m to a dolphin;
  • If your vessel is under steam you should approach no closer than 300m for whales or 150m for dolphins - no more than three vessels within the caution zone (see diagram);
  • Withdraw immediately, at a slow and steady pace, if the animals show any kind of disturbance;
  • Adopt a slow speed (no wake) while in the area;
  • Avoid approaching from the no-approach zones in front or behind the animal (see diagram);
  • Personal motorised watercraft (including jet skis and remotely operated craft) should not approach whales or dolphins any closer than 300m.  If whales or dolphins move within this distance, the vessel should slow down and move away from the animal(s) at no-wake speed to at least 300m away.