Our names are Rod and Simone Keogh. We are a husband and wife team, with two young daughters, Mya and Indi. Our very first personal on water interaction with these enormous, yet, surprisingly gentle animals was in 2009. It was utterly breath-taking and I’m sure our hearts skipped a beat as a 60ft female Southern Right Whale swam gracefully below our seemingly tiny 20ft boat, ‘Jaguar’. As she surfaced 100ft on the other side of us, we laughed hysterically at the sheer thrill and exhilaration of our encounter. Our curiosity for these mysterious animals got the better of us, and we found ourselves wanting to find out more about the Southern Right Whale.
We wanted to share our new-found passion with others and so in 2010 we opened our boat to the public. Over the seasons, not only have we identified so many individual Southern Right Whales, we have been fortunate enough to get to know them, welcome their calves, watch them grow and develop their own little personalities. We respect them, and because of this, they have allowed us, on so many occasions, to share in this small snippet of their wonderful world. We relocate ourselves and 'Asherah' to Fowlers Bay for Term 3 of each school year to embrace the annual Southern Right Whale migration.