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Hermanus Whale Season Top 12 Activities

Visit the coastal playground of Hermanus to escape to nature. This once small fishing village is now a ‘must-visit’ destination on the South African coastline. Discover the acclaimed wine route, coastal and mountain nature reserves rich in Fynbos. Experience pristine beaches, world-renowned golf courses and more than 100 adventure activities to choose from, including whale watching and shark cage diving. Hermanus is an all-year destination. The summer months boast idyllic beach and outdoor holidays. During the winter months, the town comes alive as the whale watching mecca of South Africa. Peak Hermanus whale season is from roughly June to December annually and it is all about the Southern Right Whale! Continue reading “Hermanus Whale Season Top 12 Activities”

Hello Humpback Whales!

Winter in the Cape is synonymous with hot chocolate at a roaring fire but in fact it is time to don a warm jacket and head out onto the blue yonder as it just also happens to be the time of the year when Humpback whales are migrating past the Hermanus coastline on their way to warmer waters.

These mammoth mammals are known as the acrobats of the ocean, you will fully understand why, when you witness this enormous animal breach (jump) out of the water with agility and true acrobatic form.

Humpback whales breach

HUMPBACK WHALE – Megaptera novaeangliae

 

Between June and August sightings of the Humpback whales in Hermanus are common as they follow their migratory path towards their breeding grounds in the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean.

The Humpback whale is a Baleen whale, and is further classified as part of the Rorqual family which includes whales such as the Bryde’s whale, Blue whale & Fin whale, the rorqual whales are also gulper feeders as opposed to only skimmer feeders such as the Southern Right Whale.

Humpback whales

QUICK FACTS

  • The humpback displays over 300 baleen plates on either side of its mouth.
  • Like the Southern Right, this whale feeds on krill, copepods & also feeds on small pelagic fish
  • Humpback Whales are easily recognizable by their long flippers, humped back with a dorsal fin, and the distinctive white markings on the underside of their flukes (tails)
  • Of all the whale species the Humpback has the longest flippers, with the length of one third of their total body length.
  • The white markings on the underside of a Humpback whales fluke (tail) are unique to each whale, much like the callosities, and a human’s fingerprint.
  • The Humpback whale displays a very impressive ‘breach’
  • Humpback whales can grow up to 16metres (52ft) with weights that exceed 40 tons.

 

 

Hermanus Whale Festival 2018

Whale Festival
Image Credit: Hermanus Whale Festival

Hermanus Whale Festival 28th to 30th September 2018

The Hermanus Whale Festival is an annual event that started 27 years ago in the coastal town of Hermanus. Visitors flock to celebrate the Southern Right Whales and other marine wildlife with ocean-themed activities and exhibitions, adventures and activities. Continue reading “Hermanus Whale Festival 2018”

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