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Trip Facts #1

Whale Watching Trips (June To December)

Our whale watching trip take place from July to December however, should the whales change their migration schedule (arrive early and leave later) we will change our schedule accordingly.

Whale Facts #1

The Southern Right Whale is the most renown of all the whales in South Africa.

When whaling was legal, these whales were thought of as the “right” whales to hunt; they move slowly, float to the surface when killed and have a high yield of oil as well as a very mellifluous baleen.

These whales were hunted ruthlessly and today a mere 10% of the original populations of these magnificent creatures have survived.

Valla Beach the ‘right’ place for whale birth

For the first time in 13 years a has given birth off a beach.

Earlier this week (7th) the whale chose to give birth to a healthy calf.

The were spotted close to shore on Monday by .

According to an Environment and Climate Change department spokesperson, the birth was a

significant event.

The birth of a southern right in NSW is infrequent and rare, he said.

Southern generally give birth in , around the , he said.

But, it is not unheard of them to off the the state’s North Coast, while births have been recorded in and around Sydney.

While he could not say exactly when the calf was born, the birth did take place within 24 hours from Monday.

Valla Beach locals were thrilled to see the whale and her calf, he said.

On Tuesday, the were observed moving towards Sawtell.

“If they are not disturbed, they are likely to stay in the area for a few days.

“Following the birth both

mother and calf will need to recover; the calf needs to learn to swim and suckle and the mother needs to rest before moving south again.

“It is important people give them plenty of space.”

He said whales swim at a speed of about 2-3 knots, and could clock up to 100km a day.

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