Southern Right Whales

Southern Right Whales (Eubalaena australis)

Southern right whales are large baleen whales. The average size of an adult is approximately 15 metres, but they do grow larger. These whales are filter feeders and they sieve copepods (small planktonic organisms) from the water using huge baleen plates, which hang from the roof of their mouth. This species has a three year breeding cycle, with each female producing one calf every three years. They migrate to our sheltered bays in winter to have their calves, and most are born around August. At this time, some individuals will be mating. When they are not here in South Africa, they are in the Antarctic in their rich summer feeding ground


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