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The Humpback Whale!

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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Humpback Whale Breaching on a Pelagic Bird Watching Charter!

Humpback Whale Breaching on a Pelagic Bird Watching Charter!