Southern Rights spotted in False Bay PLUS: unbelievable underwater photos

2015-07-28 16:10
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Cape Town - The Southern Right Whales are back in SA's icy waters, and we're as excited as ever to have spotted them along the Cape's shores.

Dave Hurwitz from the Simon's Town Boat Company took these incredible photographs of a southern right and posted them to Facebook on Monday, 27 July. 

The rough patch on the whale's body that looks like barnacles is in fact its callosities. Southern right whales are born with the markings. Each whale's callosity pattern is unique - similar to the uniqueness of human fingerprints.

In South Africa, Hermanus is usually the mecca for whale watching. During the Southern Hemisphere winter months from June to October these whales migrate to the coastal waters of SA, which explains why Dave was able to photograph them up close from his boat. 

Photographs like these, showing the magnificence of the ocean and its inhabitants, continue to blow our minds. Whether it's the beloved southern rights we get to see in SA, or seals diving into shoals of a million fish, we're hooked!

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If you're as in love with oceanic life as we are, check out these mesmerizing photographs taken by Australian underwater photographer, Michaela Skovranova. Skovranova posted these images to her Instagram account:  

Underwater high five ??? #underwater #ocean #whale #humpbackwhale

A photo posted by Michaela Skovranova (@mishkusk) on

Ocean in a box. Floating and crashing #jellyfish #abstract #ocean #aquarium

A photo posted by Michaela Skovranova (@mishkusk) on

Whale cuddles. Best. Could use some myself ?? #ocean #underwater #tonga #wildlife #humpbackwhale #freedive

A photo posted by Michaela Skovranova (@mishkusk) on

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