Encounter With Whale Mum And Baby

Walking over the Dunes along the beach at De Mond Nature Reserve in South Africa, we spotted a Southern right whale mum with her calf.

Whales like the Southern Right Whale migrate from the cold Antarctic to the warmer waters of the South African coast to breed before returning to the Antarctic summer.

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.

Whales like the Southern Right Whale migrate from the cold Antarctic to the warmer waters of the South African coast to breed before returning to the Antarctic summer.
Seven Kilometer Hike At De Mond Nature Reserve
Whales like the Southern Right Whale migrate from the cold Antarctic to the warmer waters of the South African coast to breed before returning to the Antarctic summer.
George In The Dunes
Whales like the Southern Right Whale migrate from the cold Antarctic to the warmer waters of the South African coast to breed before returning to the Antarctic summer.
Endless Beach At De Mond

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.

De Mond Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa
Southern right whale close to the beach

De Mond Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa

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.

De Mond Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa

De Mond Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa
Calf Puts Head On Whale Mother

De Mond Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South 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.

De Mond Nature Reserve, Western Cape, South Africa

De Mond Nature Reserve, Western Cape, 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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Whales like the Southern Right Whale migrate from the cold Antarctic to the warmer waters of the South African coast to breed before returning to the Antarctic summer.

Whales like the Southern Right Whale migrate from the cold Antarctic to the warmer waters of the South African coast to breed before returning to the Antarctic summer.

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Author: Marcelle Simone Heller

I’m searching for natural beauty and wilderness, while I’m travelling relentlessly to find delightful places and encounters with wildlife. I try to capture the thrill of the moments in photography and words, hoping to inspire others with the love for animals and nature.

24 thoughts on “Encounter With Whale Mum And Baby”

  1. How lucky that you had the chance to see a mother whale and her baby. And here you thought you were going to see an old wrecked ship!

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