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Whale Watching on Peninsula

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Migrating southern right whales made their way into Port Phillip Bay at the weekend thrilling boaties and ferry passengers in Sorrento. At least two of the giant mammals have been spotted off Sorrento and Rye in recent days.

Off-duty police officer Warren Pearce was boating off Rye with his 12-year-old daughter Tiffany and her friend Penny about 2pm on Sunday, June 19, when a whale suddenly surfaced. The sighting came on the same day as crew and passengers aboard a SeaRoad Passenger Ferry saw a whale soon after the ferry left from Sorrento en route to Queenscliff.

Marketing manager Leanne Jones said the first whale was sighted about 5.30pm last Sunday and two more were seen the following day.

Staff at the Dolphin Research Institute based in Hastings were delighted with the sightings of the apparently healthy whales.

Research director Sue Mason said the institute was keen to track sightings of southern right and humpback whales that were now appearing in the bay on their journeys north to the Coral Sea and Harvey Bay.

 

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