De Hoop Nature Reserve, on the Southern Cape coast, is probably most famous for its iconic Whale Trail. And over the last few years, the limelight has been firmly on the southern right whales, who love to show themselves during this time of year.
De Hoop Collection has announced that “the first aerial count survey of the 2019 whale season is in – and of the total whales seen, over 90% of them were at De Hoop!”
William Stephens, owner of De Hoop Collection, was notified of this by Jean Tresfon, a well-known marine conservation photographer, and pilot of the aerial survey done by the Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit.
Tresfon reported that, “...although below the number expected for this time of the year, a total of 288 southern right whales were counted, 131 females with calves and 26 adults without calves and nearly all females with calves were located in the De Hoop Nature Reserve”.
Last year, Tresfon was blown away by the sightings of the southern right whales at De Hoop Nature Reserve area - from Skipskop Point to Lekkerwater - where a record-breaking 1 116 whales (558 cow/calf pairs) had been spotted - this confirmed that Koppie Alleen in De Hoop is the most important nursery area for southern right whales on the South African coast.
PICS: A record 1 347 whales off De Hoop coastline
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