An excited William Stephens of De Hoop Collection is happy to announce that “the first aerial count survey of the 2019 whale season is in – and of the total whales seen, over 90% of them were at De Hoop!”
Stephens was notified of this by Jean Tresfon, a well-known Marine Conservation
Last year Tresfon was blown away by the sightings of the southern right whales at De Hoop Nature Reserve area -from Skipskop Point to Lekkerwater – where a record-breaking 1 116 whales (558 cow/calf pairs) had been spotted – this confirmed that Koppie Alleen in De Hoop is the most important nursery area for southern right whales on the South African coast.
Of the 2018 total of about 1 400 southern right whales that were counted, approximately 200 were not in the De Hoop area. With the current count being below the number expected for this time of year, and less than last year, it is probably due to the fact that the reproduction of the whales is not back at normal levels, perhaps due to non-optimal conditions in their feeding grounds.
The next aerial survey will be done in a few weeks’ time.
“De Hoop is the best spot for whale watching in South Africa – says Stephens, “it is clearly the whale “capital” of South Africa and at the moment it’s the only place to see the whales.”
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De Hoop Collection is a member of Cape Country Routes.
The De Hoop Collection – the first private/public partnership in the South African hospitality industry – opened in the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the Western Cape in 2007. The Reserve in the Overberg region, a short three hours drive from Cape Town
Prepared for The De Hoop Collection by Theresa Gibbon – email@example.com / 082 820 8437. August 2019