The Money Show interviews Adrian Gore (CEO, Discovery Limited). This animal spends summer in the far southern ocean to feed before migrating north to breed in the winter, where it can be found off the coasts of South America, Australia, New Zealand, and southern Africa. The commitment South Africa is making to the WHO initiative is to vaccinate 10% of our population, says the Solidarity Fund. The English singer-songwriter has a new book filled with some of his best clapbacks to onlin... On Wednesday, the US reported 3054 COVID-19 related deaths — a large jump from the previous record of 2769 deaths on 7 May. During feeding seasonthese whales can be found swimming in colder waters in and around the Antarctic region. These whales can be seen traveling in a variety of different locations such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, Peru, South Africa and Uruguay. Southern right whales are usually be found in the shallow coastal waters during the months of June to early December. “We think there might be something wrong with their feeding,” said Vermeulen, “and that they may not have the energy to migrate, or to maintain their pregnancies.”. Foraging locations have also changed as compared to twenty years ago says Vermeulen. It appears to be a form of play and is most commonly seen off the coast of Argentina and South Africa. Southern Right Whale. Delightful, says Andy Rice. The move aims to restore 'proper oversight' during the business rescue process, but Guy Leitch says SAA's future remains bleak. The Southern Right Whales are one of the three Right Whale species in the Eubalaena genus. From June to November each year, Hermanus in South Africa becomes a whale-watching mecca as thousands of Southern Right whales arrive from their summer feeding grounds in the Antarctic. Southern Right Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, R320, Hermanus, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa P O Box 158, Hermanus, 7200 +27 (0) 28 312 3595 info@southernright.co.za +27 (0) 28 312 1797 Southern right whales live throughout the Southern hemisphere, they are migratory whales, commuting annually between their warmer breeding areas and colder favourite feeding areas. This Baleen Whale species can be easily distinguished by the presence of the callosities on their heads. Investors are getting ahead of themselves, warns Pieter Hundersmarck, a fund manager at Flagship Asset Management. Southern right whales calve every three years, but according to the data, this has shifted to every four to five years. These whales usually arrive in South African waters between July and the beginning of December. Hore will be replaced by Discovery's Hylton Kallner in January. She says evidence shows a decrease in typical breeding numbers with calving now happening every four to five years rather than every three years. Humpback whale migration at the west coast of South Africa ... Whale Watching in South Africa - Southern Right Charters - Duration: 4:46. Kenyan long-distance runner Kibiwott Kandie is now the fastest half marathoner of all time. Pippa Hudson asks Certified Financial Planner Alec Riddle to explain the ins and outs of Gap Cover. When the weather cools down and mating seasonbegin they migrate towards the equator to mate and give birth. Insist on a breakdown of finance deal fees. Whales and dolphins of South Africa – Join a whale and dolphin watching tour with Oceans Africa.. Whales and dolphins (Cetacea) can be divided into two major groups or sub-orders.Baleen whales (Mysticetes) are distinctive for having two blowholes and whalebone (baleen) plates hanging from the roof of the mouth to filter food. Whale-watching waters off the coast of Southern Africa run from False Bay, south of Cape Town, up as far as St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal on the East Coast. Whale experts say they think they've come up with an explanation for the dip in the numbers of southern right whales migrating to South Africa...tiredness. More and more pro rugby players are being diagnosed with dementia. Southern right whale migrations. In the winter and spring, they approach the coasts of South Africa, Australia and South America to calve and feed, and delight onlookers with their antics. BLOG Southern Right Whale migration around South Africa. The southern right whale is an endangered species with the total population estimated at around 12,000. Southern right whales Southern right whale . The migration of the Southern Right whales starts in South Africa where they are born in the shallow bays between June-July. Rollercade is the first indoor roller skating amusement park in Cape Town. The southern right whale is an endangered species with the total population estimated at around 12,000. Whale & dolphin species of South Africa. So… June to November is whale season, let’s find out what brings these giants to this part of Africa. Bruce Whitfield interviews co-founder Gidon Novick. Their breeding areas are often close to shore, off southern South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and various temperate and sub Antarctic islands. Winter/Spring: During the winter and spring, they are found in their coastal mating and calving grounds. All rights reserved, Please visit the official Government information portal for Coronavirus by clicking HERE. Southern Right Whales . Like other right whales, they are rather active on the water surface and curious towards human vessels. The unit’s data indicates strong correlations between southern right whale prevalence along South Africa’s shores with climate conditions in the Southern Ocean … Southern right whales too tired to migrate say experts . By 1920 there were only thought to be 40 whales from the original estimated population of 30,000. 'Nigerians love to go home for Christmas; it will be packed.'. Holidays are around the corner and we need to stay safe during the Covid-19 second wave. The southern right whale has a circumpolar distribution and inhabits sub Antarctic water between about 30° and 55° south. The Southern Right Whale Migration. Here is the best time to go whale watching in South Africa for each of the different whale species. Dr Els Vermeulen says with the exception of a 'baby boom' in 2018, the numbers of southern right whales that usually visit the South African coast has been dwindling since 2010. Make sure you don’t miss any whale watching bucket-list experiences with South Africa’s 7-step Whale Route Bucket List. Hermanus, South Africa . Southern right whale migration. Between June and November, cast your eyes over the crashing waters of South Africa’s southern coastline for you might just spot another of Africa’s animal migrations, this time of the watery kind. Here's something to cheer you up. This animal spends summer in the far southern ocean to feed before migrating north to breed in the winter, where it can be found off the coasts of South America, Australia, New Zealand, and southern Africa. “This year there were very few whales to be seen.”. Every year, southern right whales migrate from their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica to warmer climates, reaching South Africa in June. Cape Town's very first indoor roller skating park has just opened, Plett Rage founder responds to 'rage' over refunds, MEC's message to matrics: stay away from 'pens down' parties, 'Silent carrier' teens putting lives at risk as cases spike for 15-19 year olds, Muizenberg High School going ahead with matric dinner function, says principal, It's early days but Garden Route may have reached its Covid-19 peak - Dr. Cloete, [WATCH] Archbishop Tutu wins Nobel Peace Prize on this day (10 December) in 1984. During ‘whale season’ is the ideal time to explore the South African coasts, taking in its spectacular views and quaint little towns, and witness the migration of the Humpback, Brydes and Southern Right whales. The country’s coastal waters teem with the giant animals, mating, calving and rearing their young – and giving whale-watchers spectacular displays of raw power and elegant water acrobatics. People gathered to watch the test flight land back on earth only to gasp in shock as the spacecraft exploded on touchdown. Their feeding areas are located farther south in colder waters; including Antarctica. Large numbers of Southern Right Whales migrate to the warmer waters of Australia from Antarctica each year from May to October. Next year satellite trackers will be attached to some of the whales to monitor where they are going. Southern right whales live throughout the Southern hemisphere, they are migratory whales, commuting annually between their warmer breeding areas and colder favourite feeding areas. Picture: Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit. “Indeed, new results of our work show that the South African southern right whale population has drastically changed its feeding locations in the past two decades, suggesting that their previously productive feeding grounds have changed over time. "One or two of these; and the virus takes off.". This equals the weight of 10 combined African elephants. "Will we have Adolf Hitler as President of Namibia?" Dr Els Vermeulen says with the exception of a 'baby boom' in 2018, the numbers of southern right whales that usually visit the South African coast has been dwindling since 2010. Humpback whales migrate around 5000km on average, one of the longest migratory journeys of any mammal on Earth. Clear, windless days are the best days for whale watching along the coastline of South Africa. Whalers considered them the ‘right’ whale to hunt because they are slow moving and docile. Based on historical whaling data and contemporary tracking data from southern right whale populations in South Africa and Argentina, the areas of restricted movement identified in this study were assumed to most likely indicate feeding behaviour. South Africa is pretty lucky when it comes to our abundant marine life and the various species we encounter here. Research on decline in whale migration to South Africa From July to November, Walker Bay - about 90 minutes drive east of Cape Town - is one of the world's most spectacular vantage points for whale-watching. South Africa is well-known as one of the best destinations worldwide for watching whales. Samson Institute for Ageing Research Dr Leon Geffen executive director on the plight of the elderly housed in the facilities. The health minister has blamed the rise in Covid-19 cases among teens on young people attending parties and superspreader events. Matric pupils have been warned not to go ahead with their own private parties after the cancellation of the official Matric Rage event in Plett. Many car dealers pad them, warns consumer ninja Wendy Knowler. Two of the famous but rarest species such as the Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales migrate each year, reaching South Africa in June. They head to these areas to mate, give birth and nurse their young. Born in the warm waters of the South African coast during the months of June to August, Southern Right Whales will begin their migration back to the icy waters of the Antarctic in October. Whales are capital breeders, meaning they feed for half of the year and fast during the other half. Is it all thanks to the "super shoes"? Hermanus is renowned as the Whale Watching Capital of South Africa; The Southern Right whale migrate to our area to mate and give birth, choosing the sheltered sandy bays to calve. Humpback whales are known as the most confident whales of them all, they can be identified by their robust bodies. These whales are mainly found in the Southern Hemisphere. It's not mandatory', The dread of load shedding is back - 'none anticipated but a high probability', Covid-19 not on holiday says WC Premier as country officially enters second wave, Lace up! The Western Cape's Head of Health Dr. Keith Cloete says there are early signs that the Garden Route may have passed the peak of its Covid-19 infections. © 2020 Independent Online and affiliated companies. Having this decrease in numbers gives us the hypothesis of problems in the feeding grounds in the southern oceans feeding grounds. As usual, Eskom's statement seems contradictory. Plett Rage founder Ronen Klugman sheds some light on their refund policy after an outcry from ticket-holders. Christmas in the year of Covid - Amazon sets its tv campaign to Queen's 'The Show Must Go On'. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey have discovered where Southern Right Whales(Eubalaena australis),which go all around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia in search of food, reproduce during the winter months. 'Nonsense! The coastal waters of South Africa are crowded with whales that breed, calves, play and nurses their young ones. Data from the 1990s compared to 2015 – 2019 also shows a drastic shift northward in foraging behaviour. The SIU and the Hawks swooped on the offices of the National Lottery Commission early on Tuesday morning. Up to now the data from whaling stations represent the only information available on the West Coast whales. Pregnant females are motivated to migrate to the South African coast to give birth because the waters are shallow and there are not many predators. The Southern Right whale migrates from Antarctica to calve in the sheltered bays of the east coast of southern Africa. The best months to see Southern Right Whales in South Africa is in August and September. While the whales are trying to adapt, it seems they have been unsuccessful, because pregnancy rates have dropped. When whaling was legal, these whales were thought of as the “right” whales to hunt; they move slowly, float to the surface when killed and have a high yield of oil as well as a very mellifluous baleen. Southern right whale numbers off SA have plummeted again, and scientists say consistent low counts point towards large-scale ecosystem changes in the Southern Ocean. This 5000km+ journey is a strenuous and lengthy one as they travel at 2 - 4km/h and a top speed of 15km/h which they can only do in short bursts. RELATED: It's whale season! Female southern rights are usually bigger than males and reach a length of about 17 meters. Due to its annual migration from their feeding grounds in the Southern Ocean to the coast of South Africa, and the availability of a unique 40-year long dataset, the southern right whale seems to be the “right sentinel” to assess, from mainland Africa, the health condition of a wide region in the Southern Ocean while monitoring the population dynamics of these whales. Can the game survive, asks Adam Gilchrist. We're also seeing a significant decrease in body condition, or 'fatness' compared to the late 80's. They are a close relative of the North Pacific Right and the North Atlantic Whales. The Whale Coast. The STF lies within the Southern Tropical Convergence (STC) Three outhern right whales satellite tagged in South Africa also showed an association with the STC in the South Atlantic during the Austral summer months (, and recent data from southern right whales tagged off Península Valdéz, Argentina, showed migratory movement of one female accompanied by a calf to latitudes associated … For nature-lovers or adventure enthusiasts, trying a South African whale watching tour offers the unforgettable experience of seeing majestic Southern right whales up close and personal. Despite most people’s assumptions, Africa’s largest wildlife migration takes place in the skies over Zambia rather than… The sheltered bays of the Western Cape are visited each year by southern right whales, which migrate here from Antarctica to mate and calve. Their breeding areas are often close to shore, off southern South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and various temperate and sub Antarctic islands. Durban - Research conducted by the University of Pretoria (UP) has shown that the dramatic decline in the number of southern right whales that usually visit the South African coast may be due to female whales calving less often and because the mammals lack the energy to do so. “It looks like the whales are trying to compensate for a change. Watch this interesting video of an American news report from 10 December 1984, the day The Arch won the Nobel Peace Prize. Hermanus has been recognized as one of twelve best whale watching destinations in the world, renowned for its land-based whale-watching around Walker Bay – a favorite breeding ground for the southern right whale. Southern Right Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, R320, Hermanus, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa P O Box 158, Hermanus, 7200 +27 (0) 28 312 3595 info@southernright.co.za +27 (0) 28 312 1797 When they reach their feeding ground their mother will spend the summer feeding on 600-1600kg of krill and plankton per day. This animal spends summer in the far southern ocean to feed before migrating north to breed in the winter, where it can be found off the coasts of South America, Australia, New Zealand, and southern Africa. Tags: Hermanus whales whale migration Share This: Experts say … Around 3,500 whales take up residence in our southern waters, with about half of these congregating at the Head of the Bight. The success of reproduction depends on the success of feeding. In the past 30 years, after centuries of exploitation, the southern right whale has returned to Argentina, Brazil and South Africa … Whale-watching waters off the coast of Southern Africa run from False Bay, south of Cape Town, up as far as St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal on the East Coast. This knowledge of where the animals migrate from will provide protection for their recovery after years of whaling. They appear around the South African coastline from May to December. The Southern Right Whale has circumpolar distribution in the Southern Hemisphere occurring between latitudes of approx. Discover the places where the whales play during your southern African safari. Covid-19 shows how African financial markets have developed since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, says George Asante (Absa). Southern Right Whale migration: Hermanus, South Africa. During the summer months, they are found in the open waters, where they are able to feed far more abundantly. South Africa is well-known as one of the best destinations worldwide for watching whales. A mature southern right whale can grow up to 16 meters and weigh as much as 60 tons. (Spare a thought for the Brazilians.). They return south in spring. Regulations passed in 1979 finally put an end to 184 years of whale slaughtering of Whales-Southern Right Whales off southern Africa’s coasts, and although still only at a tiny fraction of their original numbers the population of Southern Right whales off South Africa have been recovering and the numbers are growing by about 7%. South Africa is one of the best destinations worldwide for watching whales and dolphins. Local airline LIFT's inaugural flight takes off at 6:30 am on Thursday. The southern right whale, Eubalaena australis, is a baleen whale species only found in the Southern Hemisphere, between 20 and 64 degrees South.As with most baleen whales, they undertake an annual migration from their summer feeding grounds in sub-Antarctic waters, to their winter mating and calving grounds in coastal areas in higher latitudes, such as the coast of southern Africa. Habitat Southern Right Whales inhabit open waters in the southern hemisphere. How the changes in the ocean are impacting New Zealand’s southern right whale is currently unknown. 4. Whale Watching Season South Africa: When & Where Hermanus, South Africa . Some only provide rare sightings but we can still boast that 11,130 different species of marine animals inhabit our shores. Compilation of footage taken during the 2017 whale season in Hermanus, South Africa. Extent of whale and dolphin watching. Southern right whale populations were already depleted well before the end of the 19th century, and in between the years 1909 and 1915 some 17 000 humpback whales were killed off the coasts of South Africa, Namibia, Gabon and Angola. Compilation of footage taken during the 2017 whale season in Hermanus, South Africa. 'Whether you see 5 or 500 – it's an amazing experience!'. Location: Western Cape Coast to St Lucia KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa… Researchers at the University of Pretoria (UP) have been looking at feeding, calving and migration patterns of the mammals comparing it to data from as far back as the 1980s. They might be wildebeest, but this isn’t the … The answer, it seems, has to do with possible feeding problems and the females not having the energy to migrate to South African waters to calf. The migration takes about 90 days and with so many bats in the air at one time, it’s a bit like witnessing a solar eclipse because the sun is blocked out by the millions of bodies. (See Southern rights appear to be more active and tend to interact with humans more than the other two northern species. We don’t know where they are if they are not migrating to South Africa.”. asks Jean-Jacques Cornish, presenter of The Africa Report. This new understanding of where the animals migrate from will contribute to better conservation efforts for their recovery from years of whaling. 30-60 0S, they are known to occur in coastal waters of South America, South Africa, New Zealand and some oceanic islands but populations of Southern Right Whales in Australia are genetically distinct from other southern hemisphere populations. Which whale species can you see in South Africa? “We have seen a huge drop in numbers along our coast, which includes females with calves, males, resting females, receptive females – so-called ‘unaccompanied adults’ – and juveniles,” said Dr Els Vermeulen, research manager of UP’s Mammal Research Institute Whale Unit. Southern Right Whale Migration. Makers Landing tells the story of us – the story and flavour of South Africa. During migration, they are mainly seen in the coastal areas of Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Mozambique, Namibia, Brazil, Peru, Madagascar, Uruguay and South Africa. Famous for their majestic nature and gargantuan size, the Southern Right Whale has always been a fascination for many. Scientific Name. Lester Kiewit interviews of tech journalist Brendyn Lotz. The scientific … The principal of Muizenberg High says the school is going ahead with its planned sit-down dinner for matric learners next week. Liuwa Plain, Zambia. "The Ballito Matric Rage was a super-spreading event," says Professor Karim. Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha tries to explain the state of the grid. The Southern Right Whale Eubalaena Australis. If the foraging was successful, they would not have changed their behaviour.”. Not everyone is a fan of James Blunt. A fully grown southern right whale can weigh as much as eight adult African elephant. These whales escape from the ice grounds of Antarctica to warmer waters in South Africa. Southern right whales are found swimming in the southern hemisphere. She said there was a peak in calves in 2018, but those were the females who should have given birth in 2016 and 2017. New Covid-19 cases in the last 7 days in the Western Cape have grown by 53.4% when compared to the previous 7 days. Political analyst Mpumelelo Mkhabela discusses the probable reasons behind Mbeki's shock attendance. In October they start the long migration to the Antarctic (±5100km). Southern right whale migration. by Sara-Jayne King. Their playful nature and rarity have made them a famous addition to the Cape Whale Coast between June and October every year. The number of southern right whales visiting South Africa has dramatically declined. 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