These whales are distinguished from others due to the callosities on their head, and from their broad back which does not have a dorsal fin, and also they have a long mouth that starts from above their eye. These Southern Right Whales have a very dark grey or black skin and also there are white patches in their bellies at times.
In the year 2021 Southern Right Whales had been seen in the area around Victor Harbour and Encounter Bay in the Fleurieu waters for the first time. For the first time, they had been seen on the 28th of May by a public citizen between Granite Island and Oliver’s Reef at about 8 in the morning. At that time the species was not recognized.
After that around 10-11 in the morning, there had been several reports. A whale had been seen around the Granite and Seal Islands. When they had been around 400m from southwest of the Seal Island. It had been confirmed as a Southern Right Whale at about 11.45 in the morning.
The whale watchers also had seen it around the Bluff and the Seal Island. And it had been confirmed that there was a pair of the whales. About 1800m out between the southern tip of Bluff and Seal Island at about 1.30 in the afternoon, they had been going in the northeast direction.
They had headed west about 1500m from the Waitpinga cliff. Before that, they had been around the Bluff and Petrel Cove for some time. They had been seen after about a month of sighting the first humpback in Fleurieu waters.