southern right whales

Southern right whales distribution and reproduction

Southern Right Whales have a circumpolar distribution. They can be found in the Antarctic during the southern hemisphere summer (where they feed) and in sub-tropical waters for breeding in winter. They are mainly found mating and breeding in shallow coastal waters off southern Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil and South Africa. There are speculations that READ MORE

General facts about southern right whales

Globally there are 3 different species of right whale; the North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica), North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and the southern right whale (Eubalaena australis). These three species look similar, but are divided into 3 separate species because they are geographically and genetically isolated from each other. The first part of READ MORE

First Southern right whales sighted

The first southern right whales have been sighted in Plettenberg Bay just off Robberg. These magnificent animals swim from their feeding grounds in Antarctic waters to their breeding grounds off southern Africa every year. Plettenberg Bay is one of the bays they use during their breeding, so we can expect that this is the first READ MORE

More Southern Right whale sightings

How close are we allowed to the whales? This is a FAQ we get from the guests and towns folk. Each whale watching company has 1 permitted close encounter vessel. The vessel is allowed to be 50m from the whales and we are only allowed to spend 20 minuted with the whales. It is important to READ MORE

Great Southern Right whale sightings

As was expected with the rough sea conditions over the past few days the whales have been a bit scares. These large marine mammals will move into deeper, safer waters until the weather passes. However, we are still having some great sightings.  The Southern Right whales are still providing endless entertainment for guests on board READ MORE

Southern Right whales entertaining us

We’ve had a rather entertaining group of 6 to 8 Southern Right whales in the Bay for a week now. These whales have put up such a show for our guests. On one particular trip this weekend a Southern Right whale decided that the boat was a scratching post. Wow, after years of taking people READ MORE

Amazing sigtings on Southern Right Whales

  Today we had 5 Southern Right whales on our trips. On our 12h00 trip we had a male Southern Right whale which breached 3 times plus minus 200m from the boat.     Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; READ MORE

Southern Right whales arrived

Yesterday was a great day to see Southern Right whales. A total of 6 gentle giants were enjoyed by guests on the first trip and then again on the second trip. These slow moving mammals are here to mate and give birth. This behavior makes for great viewing and awesome photos.