Protect Encounter Bay’s whale nursery
Once a year, majestic and endangered Southern Right Whales travel up from Antarctica to give birth in Encounter Bay. If we’re lucky, these mothers and their new born calves stay in our warmer waters for many weeks within viewing distance from shore, delighting thousands of on-lookers.
But the local community is reporting that the regular presence of boats nearby may be unintentionally disturbing the mother whales and their calves. As well as the threat of vessel strike (particularly a risk for calves), these mothers are easily spooked by noise and other disturbance – at a time when they’re at their most vulnerable.
As this endangered species continues to recover from near extinction, we need to ensure these pregnant whale mothers have a safe place to rest, give birth and raise their young.
Sign the petition to make sure their nursery is safe and protected from disturbance when sheltering off our coastline.
Sign the petition to make sure the whale nursery at Encounter Bay is safe and protected from disturbance when sheltering off our coastline.