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Whales of Hermanus

Hermanus in South Africa is also known as the best whale watching spot in the world.

Southern Right Whales are easily distinguished from the other 2 baleen whales ( Humpback & Bryde’s whales ) by three distinct characteristics:

  • V-shaped blow,
  • Callosities on their heads
  • The lack of a dorsal fin on their broad backs.

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"Humpback” refers to the habit of raising and bending its back in preparation for the dive, accentuating the pronounced hump in front of the dorsal fin.

The humpback whale is a baleen whale and a rorqual whale with a rounded body narrowing to a slender tail. The bulky head and jaws have numerous knobs that contain hair follicles and provide sites for barnacles and whale lice.

Humpback Whales are easily distinguished by their remarkably long flippers up to as much as a third of its total body length.

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They are named after a Norwegian, John Bryde, who, in 1912, financed the first scientific investigation of whales in South African waters.

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