"It was a rare clear, crisp, cold, winter day offshore Mbotyi in Pondoland, Eastern Cape province, South Africa," says Craig Capehart, a scuba diver who shot some incredible footage of a Humpback whale jumping completely out of the Indian Ocean water.
Humpback whales weigh around 36 000kg on average as adults, so achieving such a leap is quite a feat.
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During the months of May to December Humpback whales and Southern Right Whales arrive along the Eastern Cape coast. One of the best parts of whale watching along the Eastern Cape coast is that you don’t need a boat ride into the ocean to see the whales – they are clearly visible with just a pair of binoculars so get out there and enjoy this wonder of nature!
Here is the insanely beautiful footage of this rare event:
And while this video was first shared in 2017, South Africa's shorelines, and the African continent more generally, is filled with great locations and destinations for you to check out all the breaching action.
Here are a few other top spots to see all the action:
The West Coast
On the Cape West Coast, excellent sightings of southern rights can be enjoyed all the way from Strandfontein to Lambert's Bay, Elands Bay, St Helena Bay, Saldanha Bay and Yzerfontein, just north of Cape Town. Even in the bays of Cape Town southern right whales are frequently spotted. If you’re one of the lucky few, you may even see them from the road along the False Bay coast, or on the scenic coastal Victoria Road. If you don’t want to rely on luck, book a trip with the pros.
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