Cape Point Route spotted 2 Southern Right Whales in front of a Naval submarine this morning (19 August 2011) in False Bay. The Southern Right Whales are starting to appear more regularly and in greater numbers. What an amazing place we live in! We just love this time of year and completely claim being a whale snob! Watching whales on the way to work- amazing!
If you do spot a whale please call the regional Whale Spotting and General Information Line on 079 391 2105 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to have your sighting recorded on the website log. The sightings are recorded not the actual number of whales as there are often more than one whale in a pod. Common whales found in our waters are Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales and Bryde’s Whales.
Cape Point Route’s Top 10 Land based Whale Watching Sites in the Cape Peninsula
5. Sunny Cove: end of the walk (and where we spotted the whale and submarine today) Fish Hoek
6. Glencairn Beach: Hot tip: have a meal on the deck of the Bay Cafe of Glen or a pint in the Glen Pub to watch the whales.
This list is by no means complete and almost the entire coastline of the Cape Point Route (see map) becomes a whale watching feast. We are coming into whale season and peak season is Sept – mid October where you are almost guaranteed to see whales if you spend some time on the cape peninsula. Be warned though you may need to be patient as you watch for the subtle blow. Wind free days make sightings easier. What to take: binoculars and your camera! Send us your pictures to our facebook page – we love whale shots!
For a seriously incredible experience book a boat based whale watching trip which operates from Simon’s Town. It is spine tingling, jaw dropping stuff to be within metres of these massive creatures of the sea where you can see the barnacles clinging to their skin and hear the whale song. Boat based whale watching requires a special permit to ensure that the whales are viewed without being harmed so be sure to use a licenced operator. Book now so you don’t miss out! Call 021 782 9356 or click here to book.
Check out our video last season, watching a pod of humpback whales from a boat trip to Cape Point – and that is why we are Whale Snobs!
Click here for article on identifying which whale is which!
Click here for article on whale surfacing behaviour.