We had heard of mega feasting on the coast but had never seen it. Stories of a thousand dolphins in a feeding frenzy off Wye about 15 years ago. We thought it might be exaggerated, but on 2 September, we changed our mind.
We were driving past Wongarra on Father’s Day, and noticed an unusually large number of Gannets offshore and stopped for a better look. There were about 50 birds circling and diving about a kilometre from the Great Ocean Road. Just like this pic.
The horizon opened up.
There were more clusters of feeding birds to the left. More to the right, a long way out. This pic doesn’t do them justice.
Dolphins attack too
In each group of feasting birds, a pod of three or so Dolphins were in there too, churning and feeding at their leisure.
We counted over six separate clusters of birds and Dolphins over 3 Km off Wongarra.
We estimate about 500 Gannets were in the frenzy along the 3 km event.
So mega feeding does happen. You never know what displays nature will put on when you least expect it on the Great Ocean Road!