The Voyage of Whale and Calf

May 2022
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    31st May 2022
  • ISBN 9781486315109
  • Language English
  • Pages 32 pp.
  • Size 9.8" x 9.8"
  • Images color illus throughout

Calf is a newborn humpback whale, venturing into an exciting marine world while being nurtured and cared for by his mother. Join them as they travel along the east coast of Australia, meeting marine creatures. See the challenges Calf and Whale face as they head down into the icy waters of Antarctica, and marvel at these amazing ocean giants.

The Voyage of Whale and Calf explores humpback whale migration – plunge below the surface to learn more about the lives of these magnificent marine mammals!

Reading level varies from child to child, but we recommend this book for ages 6 to 9.


  • Explores a year in the life of a humpback whale as he travels from the Great Barrier Reef to Antarctica

  • Includes fascinating whale facts and information about environmental and human-made threats to marine life

  • Beautiful illustrations by Samantha Metcalfe bring the unique marine life of Australian and Antarctic waters to life.

Vanessa Pirotta

Dr. Vanessa Pirotta is a wildlife scientist and science communicator. Her work is primarily focused on the use of innovative technology for wildlife conservation. Vanessa has travelled the world for humpback whale research, and her most famous research involves the use of drones to collect whale snot!

Samantha Metcalfe

Samantha Metcalfe is a Natural History Illustrator who finds inspiration in the unique biodiversity of the Australian bush. Working primarily in color pencil, her realistic and detailed illustrations often focus on capturing Australia’s native flora and fauna. Samantha has illustrated several children’s picture books including The Voyage of Whale and Calf, and she was also shortlisted for the 2019 Children’s Book Council of Australia Award for New Illustrator.

whales, marine life, animal migration