SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALE

Most easily seen when they migrate north to the inshore waters of Argentina, South Africa and Australia, southern right whales have distinctive callosities on their heads which can be used to identify individuals. Having spent the summer months feeding in Antarctica, southern right whales migrate close inshore along South Africa's Cape Coast to give birth and mate between July and November. Whale watching for landlubbers (or those prone to sea sickness!), a drive along the Whale Route between Cape Town and Durban provides one of the world’s best land-based cetacean-spotting spectacles. The 12km stretch of low cliffs at Hermanus, South Africa’s whale watching capital, offers a particularly good vantage of these hefty leviathans, which can reach 17m in length and weigh up to 80 tons.

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