Our Tips on Whale Watching & Things to take along
“Whales have graced the Earth’s oceans for 50 million years. The largest species were hunted nearly to extinction, and survive today because they have captured the hearts and imaginations of people who recognized the importance of protecting them” Jason Bell Director IFAW Southern Africa
The magnificent Southern Right Whales have arrived in Hermanus for what promises to be yet another amazing whale season. By trial and error we have ourselves learnt how best to spot the whales and also what to take along. These are our tips and take alongs...
Our top six tips when whale watching:
- Look for white patches out at sea – these are usually indicative of waves breaking over the bodies of whales.
- Sometimes rather than a white patch, you can sight a fin briefly as the whale rolls – this is a sure indicator of whale action.
- Look out for a “blow” on the ocean they are an easy way to spot the whales.
- Any giant splash out of the corner of your eye could be whales breaching, continue to look in the same direction for a while.
- Check in with the whale crier in Hermanus, or the shark spotters on Boyes Drive for latest updates.
- Be aware that if you take a boat-based whale-watching trip it is highly likely that you will get seasick, so be prepared.
Here is a short list of things you may want to take on your Whale Spotting Trip.
- Binoculars - Sometimes the whales are close enough to see better without binoculars but more often than not your binoculars will come in handy. They may also be useful if bird watching is also on your agenda.
- Rubber soled shoes - The cliffs are not usually the best place for high heels. Sneakers have much better traction. Remember that sometime the cliffs and cliff paths get wet and slippery.
- Picnic Lunch - It is nice to have your favourite foods while out for the day. If it is not convenient for you to pack a picnic we can pack one for you.
- Warm clothes or even a blanket - You may want to consider a heavy winter coat or a blanket if your trip is in the colder months of spring or winter.
- Sunscreen, Sun Hat and Sunglasses - On sunny days you can get quite a sunburn on a whale watching expedition so sunscreen and a hat are essential. Sunglasses will help protect your eyes from glare off the water as you scan the horizon for whales.
- Camera or Camcorder - Bring plenty of film, tapes, digital storage media and batteries.
“Happy Whale Spotting”