Southern Right Whale

Eubalaena australis TL 13.5–17m

What does it look like? Large, thickset whale (weighing up to 80 tonnes), with no dorsal fin and body tapering to thin tail. Generally dark brown to bluish-black, with numerous white callosities on head and around jaw. Blow distinctly V shaped.

Where is it found? In Australia, most commonly seen from south-western WA to south-eastern Vic.

What are its habitats & habits? Occurs in temperate and subantarctic seas, and coastal waters in Australia, where it is often seen close to beaches and headlands. Does not feed in Australian waters, but feeds on krill in Antarctica through summer, and calves in coastal areas of Australia in May–October.

Interesting fact: Callosities are unique to each individual and used for identification.