We’d hiked about half of the seven-kilometer trail, which led mainly through the dunes of De Mond Nature Reserve before arriving at the beach with the wind pumping and the sun shining mercilessly on our heads.
We walked towards a spot where there was a shipwreck to be seen but it is only visible with stormy weather conditions as explained in the pamphlet. This coastline of South Africa is famous of it’s vicious weather conditions which resulted in many vessels losing their battle against nature.
But it wasn’t the shipwreck we spotted but a Southern right whale mum with it’s baby playing around in the sea just a few hundred meters offshore. We settled on a dune and watched their joyful moves for quite a while before the two of them headed off towards the most southerly tip of Africa.
At Cape Agulhas the Indian Ocean meets the colder and fish rich currents of the Atlantic Ocean, which is the reason, why whales are frequently spotted at the whale coast near Hermanus, only a two hours drive from Cape Town, South Africa.
The following video shows mother whale and calf playing with each other. If you hang in till the end of the two minute clip you will watch the calf put his head on the body of its mother.
I could only imagine the massive bodies under water as I followed the small flipper of the calf popping up out of the water and the mother turning over and around the baby.
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