THE WHALES ARE BACK

September 18, 2009 by dyertrust

Southern right whales are starting tomake their annual appearance back along our coastline, and have been regularly sighted off of Kleinbaai and Gansbaai. A few sightings were reported in May, but the whales are being spotted more and more frequently now.

The whales migrate from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic region to the South African coastline for their annual breeding/calving season. Whale activity should soon start picking up in the next month or so with the appearance of mating groups and soon some newborn calves! Successful breeding is very important for these whales, still classified as endangered, despite a slow and steady recovery of the population following historical whaling.

 

 

 

Keep a look out for the beautiful "V" shaped blow over the water, which is an easy way to identify the Southern Right whales.