It was with great excitement that the Raggy Charter’s team hit the waters in search of a newly born southern right whale in Algoa Bay. After all, it’s not every day you get to meet a southern right calf, especially when it’s the first one (that they know of) born in these waters.
When the calf was first spotted just north of St Croix Island, it still had fetal folds on its skin, evidence that the birth occurred shortly before being spotted. Did you know that the mother converts her blubber reserves into rich and nutritious milk? According to Lloyd Edwards, owner of Raggy Charter, this milk contains 43% fat compared to the 3,3% that human breast milk contains. It also has the consistency of toothpaste, which prevents it from being wasted while feeding under the water.
Port Elizabeth’s coastline, waters brimming with magnificent sea life, has caught the attention of locals and visitors alike. Raggy Charters, who offer expertly-guided whale watching, dolphin, African penguin watching and sea cruises out of Port Elizabeth, can’t wait to introduce their guests – safely and sensitively – to the waters that are home to these new local residents. Offering various trips out to sea, the opportunity to explore this magnificent area just got more exciting.
If this news wasn’t enough, Algoa Bay was recently awarded the prestigious title of Whale Heritage Site on the 16th of June 2021, announced by the World Cetacean Alliance (WCA).
“We are thrilled to announce that Algoa Bay, South Africa, has become the world’s fifth Whale Heritage Site and the second in South Africa, following in the footsteps of The Bluff, Durban,” said Dylan Walker, CEO of World Cetacean Alliance.
If you aren’t sure what to do this weekend and happen to be in the area, Raggy Charters adventure may be just what you are looking for. Now also holding a permit for Shark Cage Diving in Port Elizabeth, you’ll have a wide choice of activities. And to top it all off, profits generated from whale watching boat cruises, African penguin boat cruises and other marine eco-tours with Raggy Charters help to fund the Baywatch Project, which aims to educate the community, especially youth, about the marine environment and the need for its conservation and protection.
Find out more here: Raggy Charters
+27 (0)73 152 2277
Nelson Mandela Bay Yacht Club
Dom Pedro Jetty
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape 6001