On our way back from a well known fishing area called "The Canyon" we were greeted by 2 Humpback Whales not far off Cape Point - By law we have to keep a certain distance from these amazing animals, but by their sheer size of 40-60 ft long and weighing around 40 tons allows for suburb sightings even from a distance! Fortunately, because we were on our way back from a Pelagic Bird Watching Charter our guests had their cameras with them and were able to get some amazing pictures of the Humpback Whales breaching!
Humpback Whale Facts
The Humpback Whale is a species of Baleen Whale and feed off small prey such as: Krill, Salmon, Smaller Fish, Mackerel and Herring.
Full grown adults weigh roughly about 36 000 kg's and range in length from 12 to 16 m.
They Humpback Whale has a fairly low dorsal fin with a wide base and long pectoral fins.
They are known for their "breaching" behavior where they will launch themselves completely out the water.
Their blow is usually seen as a tall, single plume measuring around 4 meters high.
Males are known to produce a complex "whale song" which can last 10 - 20 minutes, which is rumored to be some sort of communication.
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