Southern Right Whales

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012

Southern Right Whales

The Gentle Giants of the sea.

The Southern Right Whales Identified by their very large heads and distinctive V shaped air blow were named from the fact they are found in the South and hunters discovered that after hunting the slow moving whales they float very high in the water making them the Right Whale to catch.

Hermanus has become known as a mecca for whale watching, during the southern hemisphere winter months (June – December) the Southern Right Whales migrate to the coastal waters of South Africa, with in excess of 100 whales known to be in the Hermanus area. Whilst in the area, the whales can be seen with their young as they come to Walker Bay to calf and mate. Many behaviors such as breaching, sailing, lobtailing, or spyhopping can be witnessed.

In False Bay Southern Right Whales can be seen from the shore from July to October. Plettenberg Bay is also home to the Southern Right Whale from July to December. They can be viewed from land as well as by boat with licenced operators conducting ocean safaris throughout the year.