Eyre Peninsula

Sighting of SA’s first white whale calf amidst busy whale season in Fowler’s Bay

This incredible sighting is the first of its kind in South Australia, with EP Cruises having first spotted the newborn whale calf in early July.

Images: EP Cruises Facebook.

The first recorded white whale calf in South Australian waters this year has been spotted the Eyre Peninsular’s own Fowlers Bay, showing you can find incredible bucket list experiences without the stress of interstate travel. 

The male calf, which is yet to be named, was born three days ago in Fowlers Bay and is the first white calf born on the South Australian this year. 

With up to 30 whales a day being spotted on EP Cruises, the next few weeks are set to be busy for the tour operator with large mating groups due to arrive in the bay over the next few weeks. 

The sole tour operator in Fowler’s Bay, those wanting to get a look at the newborn calf will still be able to catch a glimpse of the whale as its nursed by its mother in the bay for the next two months. 

Amidst nail-biting conditions of gale force winds and crashing waves, lucky passengers aboard EP Cruises’ epic 50ft passenger vessel this week were able to spot the ‘little’ whale calf, which although not a full albino, was sporting white pigmented skin that gives the calf its unusual appearance. 

Phenomenal sightings like these are happening throughout winter in SA, with regional tourism operator EP Cruises providing daily tours along the rugged beauty of South Australia’s Western Coast throughout this peak whale spotting season. 

One single tour this week saw a jaw-dropping ten mother and calf pairs as well as two adults which included another pregnant female, a truly heartwarming and enriching experience seeing the growing families of these incredible giants upfront. 

More accessible than one might assume, those keen to catch a glimpse of these incredible animals have a number of routes they can take. One option is to go via Port Lincoln where another SA regional tourism operator Craig Haslam, will take the stress of navigation out of your hands, driving you direct to EP Cruises through his business Australian Wildlife Adventures tours.

Alternatively, if you have limited time for your bucket list whale watching adventure you can fly from Adelaide Airport to Ceduna in just over an hour, where a 90 minute drive in a hire car will see you in Fowler’s Bay in no time. 

For an alternative birds-eye view of these incredible creatures, if sea-sickness sometimes gets the better of you, Chinta Air is the regional tourism operator that offers scenic charter flights across South Australia. 

Calling themselves the ‘Uber of the skies’ you can fly directly to the Eyre Peninsula and watch the whales play in their natural habitat from above for a bucket list experience with a gravity-defying difference. 

To find out more about EP Cruises and book your tour, visit their website here.

To find out more about Australian Wildlife Adventure tours, visit their website here. 

To find out more about Chinta Air, visa their website here. 

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