The Whale Coast Route starts in Gordon’s Bay and ends in Gansbaai. Pringle Bay is part of this scenic route. Southern Right whales visit our shores each year from June to November to calf and mate, before departing again for their feeding grounds in the lower reaches of the Antarctic.
Between 14 to 16 metres in length when mature, Southern Right’s are characterized by wart like callosities on their heads and can be frequently seen in the shallows of the beaches or just off the rocky shores anywhere along the Hangklip coastline. These gentle giants are fascinating to watch as they sky hop, breach, lob tail and go through the side by side rituals of courtship. A few more adventurous spirits can be seen as early as May in our waters. Bryde’s and Humpback whales along with dolphins can also be seen along our shores, though not as frequently.
Hermanus is the self- proclaimed whale watching capital of the world, and there definitely is some truth therein. The town, a 45 minutes drive from Pringle Bay, boasts a full time Whale Crier who’s regular horn blowing in season alerts visitors to the whales whereabouts. Some 200 odd Southern Rights were counted in the greater vicinity of Walker Bay last season, and according to the Whale Crier, the cows are coming to our shores earlier each year to calf. An extended season allows their calves to mature and gain strength for the long journey south in November each year.
Be sure to stand on your patio and look out for whales (look for flapping tales, breaching or sprays)….we often have them right in the bay just behind the breakers or in amongst the kelp banks.