"Whalewatching at Plettenberg" South Africa Things to Do Tip by mad4travel

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  Southern Right Whale Plettenberg Bay
by mad4travel

Plettenberg bay is a rather well to do little spot along the garden route. There is a lovely long sweeping beach and its a favourite hangout for 'spring break' teenagers at the end of school term.

Whats its most famous for is whale watching. Southern Right whales are here in abundance and you can watch them breaching and diving.

Things you didn't know about Southern Right whales:

-They migrate to South America, Australia and South Africa from Antarctic.
-The white Callosities on their heads can be used for individual identification.
-A mature male?s testicals weigh over 2 tons.
-Mature females weigh up to 60 tons and can be produce approx 600 liters of milk for their calves a day.
-She can lose up to 40% of her body weight whilst suckling her calves.
-They were originally names Southern Rights Whales as they were the ?Right? whales to hunt due to the fact that they are slow and float.
-4% of all Southern Rights are born albinos and they are males.
-The female is pregnant for 11-12 months and strong parental instincts.
-The calve grows 1.5 to 3 inches a day.
-Breaching is a form of communicating, a show of joy and a method of ridding themselves of parasites.

Don't say you never learn stuff on VT!

Directions: Ocean Safaris - Plettenberg Bay (Head Office)

+27 (0) 82 784 5729

PO Box 2194 , Plettenberg Bay , 6600, South Africa


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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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