whales returning to Hermanus have been honored with the new IFAW
(International Fund for Animal Welfare) Whale Walk, reports the Hermanus
Tourism Bureau. The cliff paths along the Walker Bay coastline in
Hermanus afford the town the honor of offering the best land-based whale
watching in the world.
the sponsorship by the IFAW, eight information boards relating to whales and
dolphins have been erected along the coastal walkway. The boards were
developed by Oceans for Africa's Noel Ashton, a highly regarded whale
illustrator. The IFAW protects wild and domestic animals, and also
advocates the protection of whales at the International Whaling Commission.
Best of the Mammal Research Institute estimates that the number of Southern
Right whales visiting South Africa from May to December is growing by 7 %
per year, reports the Hermanus Times.
as many as 140 whales were counted in Walker Bay during a weekly whale count
in the greater Hermanus area.
Baleni has been appointed to take over from Wilson Salukazana as Hermanus'
Whale Crier, the only such person in the world to announce the sighting of
whales with his kelp horn.
Africa's previous International Whaling Commission representative and deputy
chairman has joined the controversial Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
Horst Kleinschmidt is highly regarded and has been appointed to Sea
Shepherd's advisory board, and as a director of its South African branch.
Society has become known for its aggressive means of stopping Japanese boats
from catching as many as 900 whales in the Antarctic every year. According
to the Cape Argus, Kleinschmidt joined the Society because
it is the only body to actively encourage anti-whaling. Henrich
serves on the Society's international Board of Scientific, Technical and