A kayaking tour group got a hair-raising but once in a lifetime meeting with a very curious Southern Right Whale while paddling through Sea Point.
Seapoint, Cape Town – A kayaking tour group were out on the ocean enjoying a bit of sun and paddling fun when they got more than they bargained for.
These kayaking tour groups often paddle out to get a look at the ocean from a better, closer angle all the while taking part in some fun physical activity. During these tours, one can often see seals, dolphin, fish and whales. However, this time around, one group got a little more than they bargained for.
A couple were paddling along and all of a sudden, a Southern Right Whale popped up right next to them, sending everyone into fits of nervous giggles.
The best time to spot Southern Right Whales is between July and November. You can distinguish the Southern Right by the calluses on its head, its broad back without a dorsal fin and a long, arching mouth that begins above the eye.
The females start calving in August and September. In October, the males arrive for the mating season. This is when the population is at its highest and the best time to go whale watching.
So naturally spotting one getting up close and personal gave everyone a surprise but something to talk about forever.
Take a look at the hair-raising moment below.