Head of the Bight

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Head of the Bight
Great Australian Bight Marine Park.jpg
Coastline typical of that viewed at the Head of the Bight
Head of the Bight is located in South Australia
Head of the Bight
Head of the Bight
Location in South Australia
Location South Australia
Coordinates 31°29′36.9018″S 131°9′30.8586″E / 31.493583833°S 131.158571833°E / -31.493583833; 131.158571833Coordinates: 31°29′36.9018″S 131°9′30.8586″E / 31.493583833°S 131.158571833°E / -31.493583833; 131.158571833[1]
Type Bay
Basin countries Australia

Head of the Bight (also called Head of Bight) is a bay located in South Australia at the most northern extent of the Great Australian Bight.

Flora and fauna[edit]

Southern right whale[edit]

It is one of two locations on Australia's south coast where Southern Right Whales come to calve during their winter migration,[2][3] the other being located off of Point Anne in Western Australia's Fitzgerald River National Park.[4][5][6]

Protected area status[edit]

The waters within the Head of the Bight are within the following protected areas - the Far West Coast Marine Park and the Great Australian Bight Marine Park Whale Sanctuary.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Search for feature SA0029827 (Head of Bight, also known as Head of Great Australian Bight)". Geoscience Australia. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  2. ^ http://sawhalecentre.com.au/head_of_the_bight.html
  3. ^ http://www.ceduna.net/page.aspx?u=514
  4. ^ Reid, Elizabeth; Mawson Graduate Centre for Environmental Studies (University of Adelaide) (1996), Whale watchers of the head of the Bight : a 1995 visitor profile and implications for management, Mawson Graduate Centre for Environmental Studies, University of Adelaide, ISBN 978-0-86396-439-8 
  5. ^ Pirzl, Rebecca; Burnell, Stephen R (2005), Population biology of southern right whales (Eubalaena australis) at Head of Bight, South Australia in 2004, s.n.], retrieved 5 March 2012 
  6. ^ Burnell, Stephen R; Pirzl, Rebecca; Eubalaena (2002), Ecology and behaviour of southern right whales : Head of Bight, South Australia, 2001, Eubalaena], retrieved 5 March 2012 
  7. ^ "Far West Coast Marine Park Management Plan" (PDF). Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. 2012. p. 26. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  8. ^ National Parks and Wildlife (Protected Animals—Marine Mammals) Regulations 2010 under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (PDF). Government of South Australia (GSA), Attorney-General's Department. 2014. p. 2. 

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