The whales you are likely to see in False Bay are the right whale, the killer whale, the pilot whale, the false killer whale and Bryde’s whale.
The whales you are likely to see in False Bay are the right whale, the killer whale, the pilot whale, the false killer whale and Bryde’s whale. If you are lucky you might see the very rare pygmy right whale.
The season starts more or less at the end of September and lasts until early November, the best month for sighting whales being October.
SOME FACTS ABOUT WHALES
Whales, dolphins and porpoises are cetaceans of which, so far, 80 different species are recognised.
They are divided into two groups: ODONTOCETTI, the toothed whales, which include the sperm whale and killer whale.
They live mainly on fish and squid and have a single blowhole. MYSTICETTI or baleen whales have two blowholes; baleen is the fringed, horny plating that hangs from the upper jaws.
Its use is to filter from the sea plankton, small food organisms consisting of diatoms, krill and cope pods, and also small fish.
Cetaceans are warmblooded, airbreathing mammals and it is generally believed that the larger whales live as long as man.
The blood volume is large in order to store oxygen for dives lasting up to 90 minutes. The heart beat is very low, only 4 to 6 beats per minute when undisturbed.
Their brains are highly developed and initial studies suggest quick intelligence and learning ability.