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Southern Right Whale

Eubalaena australis

Description:

One of the 15 species of Baleen Whales, southern right whales have been seen regulary here in the area of ocean between Cape Town mainland and Robbin Island. A bit far away to get to much detail but definalty some examples of 'breaching' behaviour. this behaviour has drawn a number of theories from dominace behaviour amoung males to simple play and enjoyment.These whales are far more active at the surface and curious of human vessels than other whales making them great whale watching candidates. During summer months they feed in the far south Antarctic waters but can be seen coming close to Southern Africa's point. In summer months they migrate up the coast for breeding and bring vast tourist attractions to towns like Hermanus in the Western Cape.

Habitat:

Southern Arctic Waters and are seen from South America to South Africa to Australia and New Zealand.

Notes:

I may be wrong on the ID beacuse of the distance. Happy to welcome more accurate ID. :)

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2 Comments

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 4 months ago

Thanks Neil.. bit of a distance it was. Need to save up for a tank turret of a lens 😊

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 months ago

I reckon you're spot-on with your ID, Michael. Great spotting.

Michael Strydom
Spotted by
Michael Strydom

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Lat: -33.89, Long: 18.40

Spotted on Feb 25, 2019
Submitted on Feb 25, 2019

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