While on our road trip we took time out on the Nullabor to go to the whale watch centre. It was well worth the effort. The centre is owned by the local indigenous community who have utilised funding to make the boardwalks, viewing decks and facilities. There is a research centre nearby, sadly not open to the public.
The video below is of one of nine mothers with calves, this one has a white calf (which is not unusual) which will probably darken as it matures.
I find whales fascinating, Lyn named it when she said mystical, that connected for me. They communicate in a variety of ways, especially that high frequency sound they make, they play, they clearly nurture their young, there’s a warmth and an unknown. In a way research is important and helps us to understand nature that we might better care for our fellow travellers, but something in me wants them to remain mystical.