Hermanus - Cliff Walk and Whale Watching

We set out after breakfast along the cliff-side walk in Hermanus hoping to spot the Southern Right Whale from shore.
We wove our way along jagged rocks...
...and through rich fynbos
At selected points, the trail was marked with concrete signs like this one at Tamatiebank where it was possible to veer off toward the water.
The sea was quite rough which made whale spotting that morning a bit of a challenge.
While the whales were hiding out, we did see plenty of Rock Hyrax (aka dassies).  We could see countless individuals dotting the rocks as the trail led toward the harbour.
Finally, our patience was rewarded!  We spotted a bit of tail in the distance!
We turned around and headed back toward Hermanus town.  We spotted this brave fisherman having a go despite the waves on the rocky cliffs.
Back in town, we did a little shopping at a local crafts market.  We snapped to attention when we heard a loud, low horn booming in the distance.  We ran toward the sound and found the 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.
Throughout the course of the afternoon, we spotted whale after whale along the cliffside path.
The most amazing sight of all was when one whale decided to breach three times in just a few short minutes.  He was a fair distance away but the raw power was simply amazing.
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.
We saw what we think was a Cape Penduline-Tit hanging out on a branch.
Back in town, we were reminded of the amazing size of the Southern Right Whale with this life-sized model on display.
Our whale-watching day had gone extremely well.  To capture the spirit of the adventure, I've included some additional animated GIFs below.

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