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Whales

Bowhead Whale

Bowhead Whale

The bowhead whale is so-called because of its bow-shaped mouth and is black in colour with a whitish chin patch , broken by a 'necklace' of black spots.

Bryde’s Whales

Bryde’s Whales

They are named after a Norwegian, John Bryde, who, in 1912, financed the first scientific investigation of whales in South African waters.

Humpback Whales

Humpback Whales

Humpback” refers to the habit of raising and bending its back in preparation for the dive, accentuating the pronounced hump in front of the dorsal fin.

Southern Right Whale Behaviour

Southern Right Whale Behaviour

While at the surface, Southern right whales exhibit a variety of behaviors, including: breaching, fluking (lifting the tail out of the water), spy hopping, logging

The story of Wendy The Whale

The story of Wendy The Whale

Wendy the Whale is the story about a lone female southern right whale who gets beached on the shore of Hermanus, a small fishing town in South Africa and all the townspeople come together to help release her back into the sea.

Southern Right Whales 101

Southern Right Whales 101

The southern right whale, Eubalaena australis, is among the largest of the four baleen whale species that come close inshore on the southern African coast: Southern Right, Humpback, Bryde's and Minke whales

A new group of killer whales has moved to South Africa – and they have an appetite for sharks!

A new group of killer whales has moved to South Africa – and they have an appetite for sharks!

There has been a dramatic decline in great white shark sightings in False Bay, Cape Town, and it looks like shark-eating killer whales could be to blame. This new sub-group of killer whale has moved to Cape waters seeking fresh hunting grounds following declines in prey species in other parts of the world.

Secrets of the Southern Right Whales

Secrets of the Southern Right Whales

Southern Right Whales are the welcome visitors from Antartica from June to December every year. But how well do we know these gentle giants of the ocean? Here are a few interesting facts about them.

Naval Sonar Is Killing And Beaching Whales

Naval Sonar Is Killing And Beaching Whales

We have known for a long time that naval sonar has devastating effects on marine life but just exactly how it leads to sickness and death was a mystery till now. Research now proves that decompression sickness can, in fact, occur in marine mammals.

#SummerHolidays: 3 great adventures in Hermanus for the whole family

#SummerHolidays: 3 great adventures in Hermanus for the whole family

With the summer holidays in full swing, many people want to explore as much as they can while they are on their break. If you are in Hermanus, here are three things to do with your family.

Facts about Southern Right Whales

Facts about Southern Right Whales

Each year Southern Right whales migrate into the coastal waters of the Western Cape to calve and nurse their young. The animals, often mere metres from the shore, provide unsurpassed whale watching opportunities between June and November.

Look out for these 2 tell-tales to spot a hidden whale

Look out for these 2 tell-tales to spot a hidden whale

Two obvious tell tales left by the whales will let you enjoy priceless holiday memories! Have a whale of a time!

Badly decayed sperm whale washed up in Pearly Beach, thousands of miles from home

Badly decayed sperm whale washed up in Pearly Beach, thousands of miles from home

This is the third sperm whale that has washed up in the Gansbaai area in the last four years which is amazing because we don’t know where they come from.

Annual aerial survey of southern right whales

Annual aerial survey of southern right whales

The 38th consecutive annual survey of southern right whales and the resulting dataset is one of the longest such datasets available worldwide. This year the survey is being run in conjunction with the Dyer Island Conservation Trust, which has always provided a supportive logistical role in the past.

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