Backpackers Plettenberg Bay

Whale’s are here.

July 1, 2011 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

Message from the whale company: On our 9h30 boat trip today we saw a Southern Right whale a Sub-Antarctic Skua as well as Cape Fur Seals. This Southern Right whale was lob-tailing – beating the surface of the water with its tail. This is also a form of communication. Related posts: Loose the freeze – ...

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Southern Right whale

June 8, 2011 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

Message from the whale company: Our first Southern Right whale for the month of June was spotted by our skipper Mario Boesak at 09h40 this morning on boat Gaia at the Keurbooms River Mouth. By its callosities Mario seems to think it is one of the females that we saw early July 2010 as it ...

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Orcas seen again

June 1, 2011 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

Message from the whale company: On Friday afternoon at ± 15h00 we had a pod of 6 – 7 Killer whales (Orcas) which chased a group of Bottlenose dolphins from the River Mouth towards Beacon Island. Ocean Blue launched our 12 seater boat (Gaia) to go look at these majestic mammals. This is a picture ...

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The African Penguin

May 28, 2011 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

Message from the whale company: African Penguins grow to 68-70 cm tall and weigh between 2 and 5kg. They have a black stripe and black spots on the chest, the pattern of spots being unique for every penguin, like human footprints. They have pink glands above their eyes. The hotter the penguin gets, the more ...

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The Brydes Whale

May 24, 2011 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

A message from the whale company: The Brydes whale has a pointed head with 3 rostral ridges running along the top. The best time to see them along the South African coast is autumn and early winter (attracted by large shoals of small fish, i.e. Pilchards, anchovies etc. easily spotted by diving gannets), but could ...

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The killing of Cape Fur Seals

May 24, 2011 by Victoria Rowe 1 Comment

Each year, 85 000 CITES listed Cape Fur Seal pups get savagely beaten to death on the beaches of Namibia. A further 6 000 adult bull seals get shot at point blank range so that their penises may be used as an ineffective aphrodisiac. Not only are these animals an endangered species, but this is ...

The Cape Fur Seal

May 17, 2011 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

Message from our whale companies: South Africa has one species of seal endemic to its coastline – the Cape (African) Fur Seal They spend much of their life at sea, feeding mainly on pelagic fish as well as octopus, squid and swimming prawns They have a dog-like head with a prominent snout and coarse protruding ...

Bottlenose dolphins

May 15, 2011 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

Message from the Whale company: Bottlenose dolphins love to surf in the breakers. They feed twice daily, early morning and evening. When dolphins are feeding, they often target bottom dwelling fish, thought they also eat shrimp and squid. They are found further offshore and are associated with rocky reefs and areas with sandy bottoms (15 ...

Sub Antarctic Skua

May 10, 2011 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

Message from the whale company: The Sub Antarctic Skua has conspicuous white patches at the base of their flying feathers, wedge-shaped tails and a black, short heavy bill. They may scavenge and predate upon other seabirds or they may roam the southern oceans feeding on fish, mollusks, squid and crustaceans.   Related posts: Kitchen Cafe ...

Thresher shark

May 7, 2011 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

From the whale company: The thresher shark is characterized by its large upper caudal fin which may often be 50 percent of the total length of the shark. The second dorsal fin is much smaller than the first. The color of this shark varies from brown to black with metallic hues from above and irregular ...

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