Living on the False Bay coast, the annual migration of Southern Right whales to our warmer waters to mate and calve is easy to take for granted. It’s almost synonymous with these parts and I assumed I’d more than had my share of the greater experience.
Until I headed up the Whale Coast to board an environmentally sensitive whale-watching catamaran in Hermanus this weekend that is. And that really took my breath away time and again.
Imagine being so close to a creature weighing the same as ten elephants that you can hear it exhaling through its’ blowholes, or feel the spay as it breaches near the boat. Like my swim with dolphins off Ponta do Ouro last year, this boat-based whale watching trip ranks right up there as a top responsible tourism interaction with the creatures that fill our oceans.
Nothing beats lobtailing, when that magnificant tail rises above the water,
or the breaching, the blowing,or the spyhopping – when they decide to take a peek at the world above the waterline.And if you look carefully in the photo below, you’ll see that the whale to the right is an albino.
Especial thanks to Southern Right Charters and the crew of Miroshca for an incredible afternoon.