The southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) is a baleen whale, one of three species classified as right whales belonging to the genus Eubalaena.
Approximately 10,000 southern right whales are spread throughout the southern part of the Southern Hemisphere.
Right whales were first classified in the genus Balaena in 1758 by Carl Linnaeus, who at the time considered all right whales (including the bowhead) to be a single species. Through the 1800s and 1900s, in fact, the family Balaenidae has been the subject of great taxonometric debate. Authorities have repeatedly recategorized the three populations of right whale plus the bowhead whale, as one, two, three or four species, either in a single genus or in two separate genera. In the early whaling days, they were all thought to be a single species, Balaena mysticetus.
HERMANUS WHALE FESTIVAL
Known for the best land-based whale watching in the world, Hermanus is just the right place to pay homage to the magnificent Southern Right Whales. And there’s no better time to spot this magnificent mammal than in September which is peak whale-watching season in this coastal village. The town will once again bursts into life with thousands of visitors who will flock here to enjoy the festivities of this prestigious event.
Over a period of 3 days, accommodations open their doors, restaurants dish up mouth-watering meals and the residents of Hermanus open their hearts in a warm welcome to visitors.
A festival with a focus on the Southern Right Whales
Visitors get to enjoy the unbelievable sightseeing opportunities while getting clued up on the plight of the endangered creatures in the Eco Marine Tent.
The marine giants will definitely remain the stars of the show, but on land visitors to our seaside town can expect to be equally dazzled by great entertainment and activities, gut-busting eats, quality crafts and fun for kiddies.