I just had a client get back from South Africa yesterday afternoon. She took a picnic lunch on the beach in Hermanus and watched Southern Right Whales from about 50 meters away. The Northern and Southern Right whale were both named the “Right” whale because they were considered the “Right Whale” to kill for blubber, oil, and meat. Very sad. The Southern Right whale goes to South Africa from July through October and the Norhern Right Whale comes to a 100 mile stretch of coast from Jacksonville, FL to Charleston, SC every winter. When I was on a submarine stationed in Georgia, these amazing creatures were the greatest challenge to our ship as the Navy serves as their protector on that part of the coast. They move slowly and the Navy reported detailed sightings on every single whale we saw.

Craig Beal