Hunted in the past for their bones and blubber by ruthless men, these stunning creatures are thankfully protected. They are slow swimmers and cannot always dive for long periods of time, making them easy prey, which is why they were named the ‘Right Whale’, the right whale to hunt.

Whale watching Hermanus

Even though commercial whaling has been banned for over 20 years, people continue to hunt them, pushing many of their species towards extinction. The Southern Right whale, the most famous whale that swims along the Western Cape, is one of these endangered species, with only 3,000 left in the oceans to date.