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Head of the Bight

The Head of the Bight on South Australia's remote Nullarbor Plain offers some of the best whale-watching between June and October. It is a sanctuary for Australia's Southern Right Whales. No one really knows why, but they arrive here every winter stay until the early months of spring before moving South and back into Antarctic waters It is where they breed, give birth and teach their calves the ways of the ocean. From the main viewing platform the whales can be observed at close quarters displaying a variety of behavior including tail slapping, breaching, blow holing and rolling belly-up. Frequently whale calves can be seen with their mothers lolling about or cruising beneath the 65 m high Bunda Cliffs. Recent counts have been very encouraging as rangers say that recently more and more Southern Rights Whales have been arriving unexpectedly at the Bight. There is now a population of about 100 animals spending the winter months in the reasonably sheltered waters of the bay.