Friday, October 05, 2007

WHALE WATCHING KZN

 
WHALE WATCHING KZN

The KwaZulu Natal Coast is well known for viewing Humpback, Southern Right and Minke whales. Whales can frequently be seen off the KwaZulu-Natal coast from July to November - mainly Humpbacked Whales, and occasionally Southern Right Whales. From July to September the whales are moving north on their way to their breeding grounds off the Mozambique coast to mate, calve and rear their young. From September to November they return, heading for the nutrient-rich waters of Antarctica where supplies of krill are more prolific. The whales travel close to shore on occasion, particularly along the lower South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal where the continental shelf is close to the land. The Southern Right makes use of extreme coastal waters and sometimes comes as far north as southern KwaZulu-Natal. Boat-based whale-watching, previously only associ ated with the Western Cape, is gaining momentum in the province with a greater variety of species being spotted off the KwaZulu-Natal coast. These include Bottlenose Dolphins which occur all year round in small groups of 30-60 animals. The influx of about 3000 migratory Bottlenose Dolphins following the annual sardine run makes for arguably the most spectacular dolphin viewing in the world. Common Dolphins occur in the winter months with annual migration of the sardines. They can number between 15,000 and 30,000 and can be found in groups of up to 2,000 animals at a time. There are boat-based whale-watching operations in most of our coastal resort towns and whale watching towers at Amatigulu and Umlalazi reserves.
 
 
 
 
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