White southern right whale calf photographed in WA

By Matt Blakers February 12, 2018
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The photograph of a white southern right whale calf, taken by Matt Blakers, is extremely rare.

MY WIFE AND I started our day at the Fitzgerald River National Park by watching the colors of the sunrise armed with a cup of freshly brewed tea.

By mid morning the sun was hitting the white sand and was turning the water a beautiful blue. I was swimming and taking photos of the waves when I looked back to shore and saw my wife waving her arms in the air trying to get my attention. It can feel really sharky on the south coast so my heart skipped a beat.

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Luckily, it was just a friendly southern right whale swimming in to say hello. I caught a glimpse of the whale’s white calf that was resting beside it. I couldn’t believe my eyes!

Before I knew what was happening the calf had swum underneath its Mum to come in for a closer look. I was probably the first human it’s ever seen. We must look so funny to them.

Looking in to the eyes of the southern right calf was once in a lifetime experience. Later that day I was thinking how amazing it would be if they could talk. The stories they could tell would be mind blowing.