The Southern right whale got its name centuries ago as it was regarded as the ‘right’ whale to take down by whale hunters. It has since escaped the spears and guns and calls large parts of the oceans in the Southern hemisphere home.
These colossi weigh anything from 47 to 90 tons and reach a length of between 15 and 20 metres. Roaming the underwater world, they can live to be more than 100 years old.
The colour of the Southern right whale varies from dark grey to almost black, while white patches appear on the underside. Large colonies of whale lice cluster on the callosities and experts think that they protect whales against predators. Its mouth starts above the eye and stretches around in a big arch.
The Southern right whale is listed as ‘Endangered’ and breeding populations are largely protected in the Southern hemisphere.
The cold waters of the Namib coast in Namibia are home to a wealth marine life. Visitors to this part of Africa stand the chance of spotting dolphins, whales, seals, and turtles.
Kenya has several impressive marine parks along its coast. The parks are home to diverse marine life and offer excellent diving experiences for beginners and experts.
Mozambique has long been a tourist destination. And for those looking to experience the water, the marine life is rich and diverse, and home to bottlenose dolphins.
South Africa attracts local and international tourists to its beautiful coastlines. The West Coast is home to ocean dwellers such as the African penguin and the Cape fur seal.