Whales Arrive in Durban

Winter (June – Nov) is peak-time for whale watching in this region. KZN is becoming increasingly popular as a whale watching destination when southern right whales migrate from Antarctica to Mozambique to breed. Look out for whales blowing, breaching and lobtailing in the warmer KZN waters.

South Africa is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching marine mammals, whether from land or from boats, with spectacular annual visits from southern right and humpback whales and enormous pods of dolphins year-round. Southern right whales of up to 15 metres in length, weighing 60 tons, and Humpback whales also 15 metres in length, weighing up to 35 tons can be viewed from the coast or by boat. These creatures love performing breaches, so keep an eye on the black and white giants leaping out of the water.

If you’re looking for whales, you can look out for these three signs:

Breaching – the whale leaps out of the water and falls back in with a large splash. If whales breach once, chances are they’ll breach more than three times consecutively.

Blowing – if you’re really close, you’ll hear this. The sound is accompanied by a spout of condensed water vapour.

Lobtailing – the whale slaps its fluke or tail on the water, causing a loud sound. As with breaching, this typically happens a few times consecutively.

If you are interested in booking a tour to watch these majestic giants arrival please feel free to contact our local tour operators.


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Source: News 24

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