Southern Right Whales..gentle giants of the ocean

The southern right whale, Eubalaena australis, is amongst the largest of the four baleen whales that come close inshore on the southern African coast: • Southern Right • Humpback Whale • Bryde’s Whale • Minke Whale They arrive along the South African coasts between May and June and their numbers peak during August,   September and  October. Right whales are easily distinguished from other whales by … Continue reading Southern Right Whales..gentle giants of the ocean

Waaygat whaling station at Stony Point

Early History of the farm Waaygat The land on which the whaling station was established originally formed part of the farm Waaygat. Historically and geographically the whaling station formed and integral part of the history of Betty’s Bay area. Waaygat passed through the hands of several owners from 1824, including Sir Robert Stanford after which a nearby town is named. ln March 1899 the brothers … Continue reading Waaygat whaling station at Stony Point

Why you should care about whale poo

At the turn of the century the Cape Whale Coast as it is known today, has played home to abundant enough whale species to justify a lucrative whaling station at Betty”s bay. Today, Southern Right Whales, Humpback Whales and Bryde’s Whales are the only visitors returning to our coasts. The numbers were drastically reduced by 200 years of whaling, when whales were hunted and killed for … Continue reading Why you should care about whale poo