Between June and August, sightings of the Humpback whales Hermanus are common, as they follow their migratory path towards their breeding grounds in the warmer waters of the Indian Ocean.
Humpback Whales Hermanus
- This whale species migrate past our shoreline heading further east to warmer waters. Generally, these whales in deeper water further off-shore.
- Estimated Population of Humpback whales: Excess of 20,000
- The Humpback whale is a Baleen whale, however, it 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
- The humpback displays over 300 baleen plates on either side of its mouth.
- Like the Southern Right, this whale feeds on krill, copepods & amphipods but 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 humans fingerprint.
- The Humpback whale displays a very impressive ‘breach’.
- Humpback whales can grow up to 16 metres (52 ft) with weights that exceed 40 tons.