Coast KZN

24 Oct 2020

Watching the whale highway on the KZN coast

(North Coast Courier) Picture: Fernando Naadar - Humpback whale breaching off Ballito.

Humpback whales travelling south with their calves have been putting on a spectacular show along the coast of late. These colossal mammals are often sighted off the North Coast between June and November, with occasional sightings of the southern right whale.

In June/July the humpbacks come up from the cold Antarctic water where they feed, passing Ballito as they migrate to their feeding and breeding grounds off Mozambique.

Humpback whale tail-slapping just off Ballito. Photo: Fernando Naadar

They then return in October/November with their new young.

Humpback whales can grow up to 16 m long and weigh as much as 11 elephants, with lungs the size of two small cars.