The sunny morning helped my photography today! I walked along the beach and found the whales in their favourite place between Shag Rock and the shore. Already the ten day old calf seems more confident, following the mother or swimming beside her. First I watched them from the end of our beach, then walked up the track to Meringo Headland. Can you see the two dark shapes in the water?
After a while I could see that the adult was supporting her calf by lying under it. I guess this way the little one can rest and still breathe easily. See how the small one is resting at right angles to the adult, lying on her back.
After the rest it was time for swimming and lifting the great heavy head. Look at that deeply curved mouth, designed to maximise their catch of plankton. The head is huge, making up about one third of the body. This calf is almost 6 metres long and his mother is about 18 metres long (which is longer than the average bus).
On Meringo Headland there is a perfectly positioned seat, where I spent an hour of my whale watching morning.
The beaches here are fairly deserted, edged by Eurobodalla National Park for the most part. There is very little boat traffic, just a few surfers and occasional walkers on the beaches. Altogether a pleasant place for a mother to bring her young into the world.