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Whale Watching in South Africa
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Whale Watching in South Africa

Whale Watching

 

Photo by Jurie Steenekamp, courtesy of Hermanus.co.za

In South Africa, a wildlife adventure need not take place in the bush. With 3000 km or nearly 1900 miles of coast, South Africa is one of the best places to observe sea life, even from shore. South Africa's coastal waters are frequented by more than 2000 species of fish including the most impending, the Great White Shark. Turtles breed on the beach. Dolphin, seals and otters frolic on or near the shore. But for many, the main attraction is likely to be the largest of the marine mammals. Humpback, Bryde's and southern right whales as well as Orcas or killer whales, can all be spotted here. Whether you partake in shore or boat-based whale watching, a trip to the South African coast is unlikely to be forgotten soon.
Maps
 
Maps are a great way to get the kids involved in family vacation planning. Plan your itinerary before you depart. Use online maps to chart whale migration routes as well as the South African Cape whale route.
Books
 
Engage the kids in your upcoming whale watching trip through stories and children's literature. Get recommended reading lists for kids and read reviews on books about whales for children.
Music & Sound
 
Explore sea life through sound. Discover dolphin sounds and whale song. Listen as whales groan, warble, whistle and churr.
News
 
Getting the latest marine news will prepare you and the kids for a whale watching trip. Discover the latest in marine conservation. Find out what scientists and researchers are saying.
Kids' Stuff
 
Did you know that sperm whales can dive up to 2000m or 6560ft deep? Discover fun facts about whales and find out which has the tallest blow. Do fun experiments and eat like a whale. Learn the lingo before you depart and you will soon be shouting, 'Look, that whale's lobtailing.'
Organizations
 
Associations and non-profit organizations can be a valuable resource as well as means to get involved. Find out more about a few of the organizations working to conserve South Africa's coastal waters and protect its marine life.
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