Bryde's whale breaches off Tacking Point coastline

Rare moment: A Bryde's whale breaching off the coastline at Tacking Point. Photo Jean Brant.
Rare moment: A Bryde's whale breaching off the coastline at Tacking Point. Photo Jean Brant.

A RARE sight was captured by a whale watcher off the Port Macquarie coastline on Monday.

Jean Brant ventured out on a whale cruise with Port Jet when she managed to snap a photo of a stunning and rare moment a Bryde’s whale breached off Tacking Point.

According to Wild About Whales, Bryde’s species include baleen whales and rorquals.

Bryde’s whales are long and slender and have much more streamlined bodies than other large whales.

They have an average length of 12 metres and can weigh 12 to 20 tonnes.

Commonly found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans they are not migratory, but are known to move between inshore to offshore waters to follow food.

It is not known how many of these whales inhabit Australian waters, but remarkably, a Bryde’s whale, affectionately named Willy, swam up the Manning River near Taree in 1995.

This story Whale puts on a stunning show first appeared on Port Macquarie News.

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