One of the three whale species that regularly come to our bay is the Southern Right Whale, affectionately known as the “Fat Boy”. On any given year we can have 20-40 animals come to visit our bay and we can have as many as five calves born in our bay. The animals travel north from the sub-Antarctic to calve or breed. This journey is one of the longest mammalian migrations known. The calves will stay with their Mom’s for 3-4 years before Mom will mate again. The gestation period is 11-12 months so the cows will return to the warmer, calmer South Africa waters to have their calves.
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