Since the beginning of September, the number of southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) cow-calf pairs in the bay has increased significantly compared to the last two months of our annual whale season. We have counted a total of about six cow-calf pairs in Plettenberg Bay, two of which are easily identifiable as a result of […]
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The guests on our 09h30 trip were lucky to witness a southern right whale breaching just 100m away from the boat. It is astonishing how a 60 ton animal can propel its whole body out of the water. Why do they breach? It’s unknown, but could be a form of communication or to dislodge parasites […]
During the South African winter, Southern Right whales (Eubalaena australis) arrives from the Antarctic to breed and give birth. They normally arrive in Plettenberg Bay in mid-July and stay until mid-September. They were given the name “right” whale, because during the whaling (the massive hunt of whales) they were the right whales to hunt. They […]
Even though whales have been spotted from land, on Saturday afternoon we were thrilled to have our first close encounter on two Southern Right whales at Keurbooms River Mouth. When the Southern Right whales leave the Antarctic waters for the warmer Atlantic and Indian Ocean waters they want to shed their skin. They do so […]
Breaching whales are a sight to behold. In the 16+ years that Ocean Blue has been in operation it still amazes us to see these marine giants launch themselves out of the water. Let’s consider this for a moment, fully grown Southern Right whales is on average about 50 ton and about 14m long and they […]
“Picture of the day” On Monday 16th April we had our second Southern Right whale passing through the bay for 2012. Guests were entertained on Robberg Beach with this whale breaching up to 5 to 6 times ± 2kilometers off the Beacon Island moving towards the Point of Robberg. Today on both our 09h30 and […]
“Picture of the day” On our 09h30 boat trip on Monday morning we noticed a blow just behind the back line at Dune Park. On approaching, skipper Tracy noticed it was a Southern Right whale and not a Brydes whale. We spent 20 minutes with this whale which entertained our clients on the boat. So […]
“Picture of the day” On our 09h30 boat trip we had a Southern Right whale heading south. We should still see the odd Southern Right whale coming past. After leaving this whale we headed further south to the Point of Robberg and encountered a couple of Humpback whales.
“Picture of the day” Today on our 09h30 boat trip we had 3 Southern Right whales 2 at First Dune, Plettenberg Bay and another 1 at Keurbooms Village. These whales were very relaxed. On our way to the Seal colony, we were entertained by the Elephant Seal who is still visiting our bay.
“Picture of the day” One of 3 Southern Right whales spotted off Keurbooms Village on our 09h30 trip this morning. After being entertained by these 3 whales, we moved across to the Seal colony on the Robberg Peninsula and while en-route we encountered, 4 African Black Footed Penguins, 2 Shy Albatrosses, and numerous Cape Cormorants. […]