Lonely Planet Writer

Rare sighting of killer whales off Bruny Island

A pod of orcas, or killer whales, was seen at the mouth of Tasmania’s Derwent River near Bruny Island on Monday afternoon.  There have only been a handful of sightings of the species close to Hobart in the past ten years.

Bruny Island, Tasmania.
Bruny Island, Tasmania. Image by Prince Roy / CC BY 2.0

Orcas are known for travelling long distances in a short amount of time so scientists think it is possible the whales could be the same pod that were spotted off the coast of New South Wales a few days ago. Tasmania has a hotline to call if people spot whales so that scientists can learn more about their movements. Read more: abc.net.au