It appears it’s not only human residents enjoying the Cape’s waters now that the beach ban has been lifted. Two playful humpbacks were spotted frolicking in the Glencairn seas on Sunday evening, February 7.
Resident Dean Muller was lucky enough to snap some images of the two humpback whales enjoying the Cape’s waters on Sunday evening. They were sighted around 9.13pm and were close to shore, travelling towards Simon’s Town.
Did you know? Humpback whales are known for their musical voices, and often make complex moans, howls, cries, and other noises in sequence to communicate with others and attract potential mates.
Humpback whales are frequent visitors of the Cape’s seas and are known for their playful antics and charming curiosity.
In the 1970s, the country was teeming with humpbacks but two centuries of whaling destroyed the region’s population. However, a 2018 survey by marine biologist Chris Wilkinson from the Mammal Research Institute at the University of Pretoria found that there were more than 30 000 were in the entire western Indian Ocean.
The best places to view these magnificent creatures include Hermanus, Algoa Bay, Paternoster, Langebaan, Mossel Bay, and Knysna.
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Picture/s: Dean Muller