534 Southern Right Whales counted this year

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Whale watching has been an exciting adventureĀ  for those of us who have been lucky enough to visit Hermanus this year both from the cliff path with binoculars and digital cameras and from close proximity on the whale watching boats. The whales were frolicking all over the bay.

The Good news reported today in the Hermanus Times:

According to the MRI ( Mammal Research Institute) whale unit, 534 Southern Right Whales were counted during the aerial survey of which 183 were calves. Woweee!!!! such great news after last year’s very low numbers.

According to the MRI whale unit they are even able to identify each female by the callosity pattern on their heads which allows them to record the number of calving females along the coastline.

We wish all our whale pods including the 183 babies a safe trip home to the Antartic. Travel safe and feed well on the Krill until you return next year to amaze us once again. MWWWHHAA!