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June 29, 2009

Whale-watching in Cape Town

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A southern right whale frolicking in the sea off Sunny Cove, Cape Town. Photo courtesy Ian Junor

Spotting whales is an exhilarating reward for getting out of the house on Cape Town’s chilly days.

Blowing, breaching, “sailing” and smacking the surface of the water are some of the things you can expect to see these ocean giants do.

Take a drive down the coastal road to Simon’s Town and a stroll up Boyes Drive in Kalk Bay to view whales swimming only a few metres from shore.

False Bay is regularly visited by southern right whales, the “resident” Bryde’s whale when there are plenty of small fish to feed on and, once in a while, the unpredictable false killer whale.

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