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Whale Info

By | 2016-11-12T11:20:15+00:00 September 26th, 2014|

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. An acrobatic animal known…

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Our South African coastline

By | 2016-11-12T11:20:22+00:00 September 21st, 2014|

The coastline of South Africa is one of the most productive and diverse marine systems in the world. More than 11,000 marine species have been recorded in local waters, more than 5% of all known global marine species. Amazingly, 31% of these species are endemic to the region (not found anywhere else). The cold and…

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Humpback Reproduction

By | 2014-10-05T21:58:10+00:00 September 21st, 2014|

Humpback whale breeding occurs mostly in the winter to early spring while near the surface and in warm, tropical waters. The gestation period is about 11-12 months and the calf is born tail first (this is normal for cetaceans) and near the surface in warm, shallow waters. The newborn instinctively swims to the surface within…

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