Whale Watching in Hermanus

hermanus, south africa, namrata singh

  Today I am going to try and experiment with proper grammar and punctuation. This is because my lovely mother-in-law is regularly reading my blog and now I am quite ashamed of my lack of capitalizations. Since we travelled to Cape Town for P’s work and he was occupied during the weekdays,  I got to meet up with my friend Heather and her friend from home to go whale watching. We hitched up her rental with a Garmin and were off to Hermanus, a small city in the Western Cape that is a hot bed to Southern Right Whales in the spring.  I have seen whales migrating from afar in Hawaii, but here it was completely different experience. The water is like fish soup- teeming with whales, dolphins, seals, and even sharks (which we did not see from the land). P mentioned that Alaskan waters give him the same feeling, like you can seemingly reach out from the boat and just touch a magnificent fish.

southern right whale, hermanus, namrata singh Since I did not have my camera ready for the whale tail water slaps, I have about 200 pictures like this. You can see the white callosities on his/her face due to whale lice (cyamides). These magnificent creatures grow between 36 and 59 feet and weigh up to 91 tons. Unfortunately we did not see any breeching, but not for a lack of trying. We had our camera lenses at the ready but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

seal in hermanus, namrata singh This little guy entertained the whale watchers during whale lulls by being omgadorable!

dassie rat in hermanus, namrata singh Also competing for attention was the rock hyrax. They were scurrying around and like the seals, they seemed to be completely aware of their adorableness. But even they had to stop and stare when the whales made their appearances.

dassie rat, hermans, namrata singh

After lunch we made a stop at the shops and galleries (where I got some more material for Fashion Fridays) and had become expert whale watchers. If you are not good at spotting the whales you needn’t worry as Hermanus has a Whale Crier (who I stupidly did not take a picture of). He is supposed to blow on kelp every time he sees a whale, but he has graduated to a Vuvezela which is just as effective but not as romantic. You also needn’t go out on a boat to watch the whales, they are plenty visible from the land. Southern Right Whales arrive in Walker Bay (where Hermanus is) in May and trail off in November.

hermanus, south africa, namrata singh

Spending my days safariing, whale watching, and lunching with my friends makes getting a job the last thing on my mind. Who knew that Namrata Singh would enjoy being a housewife? I don’t intend to keep going this way for too long, but I figure that a few months to enjoy our new country is a privilege that I should take advantage of. Besides, for a grown-ass-woman learning to allow someone else to take care of you for a while is a social/emotional skill all on its own.

      I am very excited because tomorrow I am shooting for Ubuntu Help Portrait (under the encouragement and guidance of my friend Bing) which is an organization which aims to shoot, edit, and print portraits for kids who have never had a picture of themselves. I’ll tell you more about the organization and why I appreciate the mission when I post about it.

8 thoughts on “Whale Watching in Hermanus

  1. Great post! Your Hermanus pics are so much better than mine. I don’t think I even have enough for a proper post. I also have 200 versions of the whale pic you have, although mine are all from further away.

  2. Nice whale sightings. But on behalf of the Seffrican dassie community I must protest against the word ‘rat’ being bandied around so carelessly. This particular marvellous beast is the Rock Hyrax, a cute chubby mammal who’s main claim to fame is a quick but life-saving mention in the bible (in a list of things thou shallst not eat). Very different from the rat-like dassie rat that only occurs in the northwest and Namibia.

    Fact: sharply pull a dassie’s tail and its eyes pop out. Boom.

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