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The whales are back

The whales are back

Niël Terblanché

 

THE turn of the season has seen an increase in whale sightings off the Namibian coast as the massive mammals are starting to migrate north for the calving season off the equator.

 

Namibia is one of the very few countries in the world that has opened its borders to international visitors while severe COVID-19 travel restrictions are still in place in most of the world.

 

The annual migration of humpback whales is sure to deliver spectacular views of the gigantic mammals breaching the surface of the Atlantic Ocean while they feed in the bays and the shallows off the Namibian coast.

 

The whales seem more eager to show off their breaching skills this year and many have been observed in the shallows of Lüderitz and Walvis Bay.

 

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Each year the whales migrate north for the winter to give birth to their calves in the warmer waters off the coast of Gabon while they spend the summer months of the southern hemisphere feeding in the icy waters around Antarctica.

 

Visitors on a tour of the bay at Walvis Bay were privileged to snap spectacular pictures of a whale breaching in the vicinity of the old guano island between the new oil jetty and Long Beach on Monday.

 

The pictures are made more unique because the red sand dunes between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are clearly visible in the background.

 

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