Whale Watching in Draaihoek

The Southern Right Whale as seen in front of the Draaihoek Lodge

February 1, 2010

in News & Activities

During the months of June and October you can experience the (Southern Right) whales very nearby at Draaihoek beach.

Southern Right Whales are so named because they were the “right” whales to hunt – they were slow-moving, floated when dead and provided plenty of whale oil. These whales are protected by law since 1935 and currently South Africa is experiencing a booming population of whales on the eastern coast.

The Whales in Numbers

Adult Southern Right whales weighs between 50 and 80 tons and measure up to 18 metres long. A new-born calf weighs ±1 ton, and is 4-5 metres long. Whale calves are born tail-first and will drink up to 125 litres of milk a day. Like most mammals, Southern Right whales have hair — mostly around their lips and chin.

Whale Watching Glossary

Whales have fascinated the human being for many years in different ways – communication, parenthood, their size, migration, their gentleness towards man and their extravagant visual emotions. Several of these visual exhibition of emotions include the following and will contribute to an unforgettable whale-watching experience at the draaihoek lodge:

  • Blowing – Exhaling through the blowholes when surfacing.
  • Lobtailing – Slapping their flukes on the surface, creating a sound, which carries for a considerable distance.
  • Breaching – Leaping out of the water in an arching back-flip and falling into the water.
  • Skyhopping – Standing vertically with head and body, exposing the flippers, above the water surface.

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