We set out after breakfast along the cliff-side walk in Hermanus hoping to spot the Southern Right Whale from shore.
Hermanus Whale Crier looking out over the water. He blows on a giant kelp horn when whales are spotted as an aid to tourists.
Sure enough, thar she blows! We spotted a number of Southern Rights along the coast. Once we finally knew what to look for (e.g., a tell tale ripple in the water, a v-shaped spray of water), we got quite adept at spotting the whales.
The scene was simply magical with misty mountains in the background and a team of kayakers straining to catch a glimpse of the whales from the water below.
We were even able to catch this display in an animated gif (auto-awesome!).
Aside from the whales themselves, we were also highly impressed with the local bird life. We spotted a Greater Double-Collared Sunbird.