Wonderful whale sightings along the SA coast

Posted by Anita Froneman on 16 July 2020

Winter means whale season in South Africa as the humpback, Bryde’s whales and southern right whales migrate to our waters to breed between July and December.

‘Southern right whales migrate to and from Antarctic waters. They migrate annually coming closer to the coast to mate and give birth, and leave in South Africa’s summer months to feed down south,’ Ash Appleby from Southern Right Charters told Getaway.

Whale enthusiasts lucky enough to live in hotspots like Hermanus, Gansbaai and False Bay can dust off the binoculars and head outdoors to sneak in some whale watching during daily exercise.

Read: The best land-based whale watching in Cape Town

‘The whale season has kicked off in False Bay and we’re delighted to see that a number of sub-adult humpbacks have again adopted Simon’s Town and surrounds as their winter haven. Although we aren’t permitted to resume our tours quite yet, great sightings can be enjoyed from the shore,’ the Simon’s Town Boat Company said on Facebook.

As always, locals keep an eye out for the orca pair Port and Starboard.

Take a look at the wonderful sightings captured so far:

Rainbows & Orcas
On Friday afternoon, within minutes of a sighting report of Port & Starboard coming in, we headed out…

Posted by Simon’s Town Boat Company on Saturday, 11 July 2020

Sitting on my balcony late yesterday afternoon gazing out over a pond- like False Bay, shrouded with a backdrop of the…

Posted by Simon’s Town Boat Company on Thursday, 16 July 2020


Also read:

Whale season kicks off in Walker Bay


Image credit: Simon’s Town Boat Company/Dave Hurwitz



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