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Header photo: Southern right whale with calf – Credit: John Atkinson
Whale Season has descended upon the Cape. Locals’ weekends have new purpose and tourists have a whole sea of showtime viewing ahead. Our German intern Tabea Heinz recently headed to Hermanus on the Whale Route to catch a glimpse of the action, in her attempt to pack in as much sightseeing as possible, before heading back home.
You can whale-watch from shore, since the big guys tend to come quite close, or take a boat trip out into the big blue. Tabea took the boat option, which lets you get much closer. Unfortunately, being the seasick kind, she ended up seeing more of the inside of a brown paper bag than actual Southern Rights. Such are the ends people go to in Whale Season.
She did, however, manage to enjoy and photograph some great sightings of the Southern Rights, which swim to our warmer waters to play and procreate before eager spectators particularly during peak season (mid-August to mid-October). Hermanus is a sure bet, one of the most popular spots to see whales in action. Currently, we’re told, the bay is packed with whales breaching. So what are you waiting for?!
Take a look at Tabea’s photos below:
The head of the Southern Right is large and covered with wart-like bumps called callosities. These differ in size and position and are often used to identify individuals.
A Southern Right whale blows its distinguishing V-shaped salute
One of the first Southern Right Whales to descend upon our waters
The games continue till the sun goes down
The Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis)
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Read more in our blogs: It’s Whale Season – complete with whale watching lingo and accommodation – and Wine, Whales and Great Whites. Find more great Whale Route hotels here.Contact us to experience it for yourself!
Read more in our blogs: It’s Whale Season – complete with whale watching lingo and accommodation – and Wine, Whales and Great Whites. Find more great Whale Route hotels here.
Contact us to experience it for yourself!
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Tamlin has been exploring, writing about and photographing Africa ever since her first job as a photojournalist for Getaway Magazine. She's lived on an island, eaten with lions, sailed catamarans in the Indian Ocean, tracked wild dogs with Kinglsey Holgate, and white water rafted down the Zambezi and has kept just about every airplane ticket that has crossed her hands.
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I have video of the southern right whales we saw off of Capetown. I spent the day at Stellenbosch and ended up getting an unexpected treat of a lifetime!
It was such a great experience
Do you speak WHALE??
Would love to see this
Come visit Cape Town, Claire Gavigan!
Great Photos of Whales. Thanks for that.
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