The following is the reply I received from Douglas Coughran one of Western Australia's leading whale experts. "The image you took of this whale's skin condition is very important from a documentation point of view. Nationally this type of skin lesion was first noticed in the East Coast population a few years back and then it made an appearance in the West Coast population soon after. The skin lesion has not yet been biopsied to establish exactly what is going on with the effe
We found this whale cruising through King George Sound along with two larger humpbacks on Saturday 10th June. Looking at the photos now I see this young whale could have some health problems. I will forward this picture to Doug Coughran at Parks and Wildlife for his thoughts.
With fine weather on the south coast its been a good start to the whale watching season. Whales every day. Yesterday while watching a couple of young humpbacks close to Bauld Head, Karina spotted what she thought were blows on the other side of King George Sound. When we got closer this young whale was having some fun. If you want to be able to take advantage of being able to cover a large area while looking for whales you have to join us.