Re: Southern Right Whales

Subject: Re: Southern Right Whales
From: "Peter Menkhorst"<>
Date: Fri, 7 Aug 1998 17:54:39 +1000
thanks for the kind words about Mammals of Victoria.

If any list members are interested in Southern Right Whales, and the one in
Port Phillip at the moment, they may like to read some notes I prepared for
a press release the other day (attached).
The whale is now back near Sorrento at the southern end of the bay and will
hopefully pass through the heads soon,(See attached file: WHALE.DOC) so
that the media let us get on with more important work.

On Fri, 7 Aug 1998, John Leonard wrote:
> What months of the year do Southern Right Whales arrive off the SA coast,
> where are good spots for observing them?
We have one right here in Port Phillip (i.e. the pond between Melbourne &
Bass Strait for out-of-towners).  It was seen around Frankston and other
SE suburbs - apparently by hundreds of viewers, and as close as '10
meters' ('The Age' Wed 5/8).  They apparently seek shallower and warmer
(?) waters in winter and calve.  I'm not sure if the one in the bay is
likely to calve or not. And I don't know if anyone has determined the sex.
Peter Menkhorst may be able to tell you a thing or two more if anyone is
interested. (He wrote a sensational book on Victorian mammals a couple of
years ago - sorry, I don't have one handy for more details).
Peter is on Birding-Aus so it should be easy to find his email address if
you want to ask him more questions - I don't like giving out addresses etc
to the whole list.

Attachment: WHALE.DOC
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