Very special visitors to Main Beach Kenton-on-Sea

Sep 6, 2018

Very special visitors to Main Beach Kenton-on-Sea

Sep 6, 2018

On the 28 July at about 10:30 in the morning Chris & Lisette Ovens were walking near the mouth on the Kasouga side of the Kariega Estuary when they saw a Southern Right whale rolling around just behind the waves. Chris noticed that she seemed to spend some time on her back. He said about two days later he noticed a female whale with a very tiny calf just off Main Beach on the Kenton side.
Above: Video taken by Chris Ovens
On the 9th August another female with a calf arrived at Main Beach. On Saturday 10 August a school of close to 100 dolphins surfed the waves backwards and forwards between the Kariega Estuary and the rocks just to the right of Main Beach. Evidently they chased the whales to the area off the Eco Estate. Luckily a day later the whales returned and were joined by a third female and calf. The number of whales seems to be increasing with a few people saying that there are now 7 females and calves.
Above (click images to enlarge): Photos by Jaco van Rensburg from Railtime
Above (click images to enlarge): Photos by Shane Minott 
Above (click images to enlarge): Photos by Rob Boyd 

It is a privilege to watch these magnificent animals just behind the breakers at Main Beach. And a pleasure to see so many people coming to watch the whales from the parking at Kenton Main Beach. Michael the Beach Attendant very often shows the crowd where to look.

Above: Video by Jaco van Rensburg from Railtime
Thank you to Jaco van Rensburg (Railtime) and Shane Minott for generously donating professional photos and videos.

Thank you to Shona Bell, Chris Ovens, Rob Boyd, Cliff Minott & Ross Swartz for information and photos.

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