Friday, 26 July 2013

Whales Ahoy! in Watamu

Hemingways Watamu has its Whale Watching in full swing; with 20 – 25 humpbacks being seen almost every day at the moment.  The best viewing is of course in a boat, out at sea, following these incredible, utterly gigantic mammals as they swim up from the southern ocean feeding grounds to the warmer waters of the tropics for breeding. 

These wonderful animals can reach up to 12metres in length and weigh up to 40 tonnes. This dwarfs pretty much any other animal you’ll see in Africa, it would take 5 elephants to get upto this size!  They are curious,  and pop up to look at the boats and the people on board; and are therefore amazingly co-operative for photo taking!  Fin waving, breaching and rolling on the surface are all common behaviours and utterly amazing to watch.

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