Seen in Portland
Killer whales have been spotted in Portland waters in recent weeks. Whales frequent the Portland Bay, Cape Nelson and Cape Bridgewater areas. On the 1st of August two killer whales were sighted off Cape Nelson, late in the day.
The two animals have been identified as EA_0012 - also know as Groovey and EA_0057. Groovey has been known to the catalogue since 2006 and EA_0057 since 2015.
David Donnelly, Manager of Killer Whales Australia said, this is the furthest west either animal has been sighted.
Killer whales that have been seen in Portland in the last few weeks or so are pretty much all known to the Killer Whales Australia Catalogue, which covers the whole eastern region of Australia. Some of these animals are known to run down to Tasmania and as far north as just south of Sydney. For the last couple of animals that were sited at Cape Nelson and Portland. It's the furthest west those two animals have been seen. Previously the female in that group was seen in Warnambool in February of this year so we're having some great success with our citizen scientists, particularly those people down at Cape Nelson who are very vigilant in photographing these animals, without those photos we don't know who those Killer Whales are.