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Watching & Dolphins
AND DOLPHIN LANGUAGE
whales sing and their songs are varied enough for individuals to be
recognized. Whale sounds travel for hundreds of kilometers beneath the
sea and are like long distance cells to each other. Dolphins emit a
number of clicks and squeaks, which serve as communication. The
scientists are investigating the level of communication of these animals
to see if it amounts up to a language.
Throughout the year we have about 900 bottlenose dolphins
resident along the KwaZulu Natal coast. With the onset of the winter
months and the annual sardine run, we have about 3000 bottlenose
dolphins extending their migratory range into southern KwaZulu Natal,
this making the lower South Coast the Mecca for viewing dolphins with
some pods exceeding 1000 animals at one given time passing close in
Your may also be fortunate enough to view the common dolphins that come
inshore to feed on the sardines. These animals are viewed early in the
mornings as they prefer the deeper waters, their numbers maybe In excess
of 15000 - 30000.
The sighting of whales is becoming more and more frequent with the
Humpback whale population having increased to in excess of 2500 and
growing at a rate of 10% per annum. One of the fastest growing marine
populations in the world after being reduced by whaling to less than 7%
of their original population.
The Humpback whale is commonly seen bypassing us, heading to southern
Mozambique to mate (gestation period one year) and calf (the next year).
season starts towards the end of May, peaking in late June with mammals
still heading north to Mozambique in July/August. These months the
weather is good with frequent sightings of whales breaching, spy hopping
and tail slapping.
August/September/October are the months that the whales are most
commonly found heading back south to the Antarctic, especially mother
and calf pairs. They are a lot slower moving because the mother is
nursing the calf on about 250L of milk per day.
The best time of the day for viewing whales is early in the morning when
there is normally less wind but the whales become more active later on
during the day when the wind starts to pick up. This makes for more
spectacular viewing as the whales became boisterous, frequently leaping
out of the water.
Humpback whales are easily identified by their blow, which rises about 3
meters above water level, and is pear shaped.
Southern Right Whales have a V shaped blow which rises about 1 meter
above water level.
commercially licensed boat based whale watching enterprises are allowed
to approach within 300 meters of whales and advertise whale-watching
tours. When going on a whale watching tour you need to take a good
camera or video camera, hat and a good sun block.
Clear wind free conditions are best for passengers but the whales seem
to perform better in windy conditions. Watch out for the whales spout or
breaching, this is the first sign of their presence.
Whales are sensitive to disturbances so try not to make any noise.
Make sure the skipper has the required permit (for your safety and
welfare of the animals).
TO WATCH FOR IN A WHALE'S WORLD
Although whales spend their entire
lives in the water, they are not fish.
They are mammals - warm blooded
air-breathers that feed milk to their young.
for the "Blow"
Whales must come
to the surface regularly to breathe, and it is because off this need to
breath that we can follow them during their migration. Whales breathe
through their nostrils, which are located on top of their heads. Their
nostrils ore called blowholes. To breathe, a whale just comes near the
surface, thrusts the blowhole clear off the water, exhales, then takes a
breath. When the whale exhales, a mist or spray may been seen. This
spray is called a spout or blow. Look along the horizon for a white
spray a few meters above the surface.
flip of the flukes means a deep dive
Normally a whale makes three to five shallow
dives before making a deep dive. Deep dives last about 10-20 minutes. A
Humpback whale making a deep dive will show you its tail flukes. Lifting
the tail flukes out of the water helps the whale dive deep.
After a whale takes a breath, it usually makes
a shallow dive, swimming just under the surface of the water for about
one minute or more. You probably wont be able to see the whale under
water, but you will be able to tell where the whale is. Each time the
whale moves its tail, it creates a "footprint" on the surface
of the water. This footprint looks like an oil slick. You can follow a
whale that is swimming just under the surface by following its
for whales watching you
Whales don't spend all their time swimming and
breathing. While you are watching the whales, a whale may stop to watch
you. Whales probably have fairly good eyesight. Sometimes they poke
their heads out of the water exposing their eyes. This is called "spyhopping".
take great leaps
The head is not the only part of a whale that
you may see out of the water. The whales can also bring their entire
bodies out of the water. This incredible leap is called a breach. When
the whale lands back in the water it creates a huge splash. No one knows
for sure why whales breach. Humpback whales are amongst the most
energetic of the large whales and are well known for there breaching,
lobtailing and flipper slapping behavior.