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De Hoop Nature Reserve…whales, water and wind!

The big, beautiful, bountiful De Hoop Nature Reserve…that’s where we are now. It’s just east of Agulhas National Park, and is quite similar in landscape, but because it’s been a conservation area for longer, there’s a greater sense of wilderness.

And the locals say there’s no better place in the world to see
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Southern Right Whales! Making a comeback…

Yesterday I bumped into Meredith Thornton, the manager of Cetacean Research at the Mammal Research Institute at Pretoria University. Basically, she's one of South Africa's experts on whales, and she's currently in the Agulhas area flying low over the ocean, taking photos of all the whales which come into the sheltered bays along the southern Cape coast.

Southern right whales arrive from the southern oceans to give birth to their young, and their numbers peak in September and October. They
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