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Saturday, August 8, 2009


All photo's in this blog post are courtesy of
Good day to all our furry friends all over the world!
This is a picture of the beautiful coastline near Hermanus...
one of the famous WHALE WATCHING venues in SOUTH AFRICA!

As a self-appointed Tour Guide to our beautiful country, and also because of our concerns about Hamster in this household , we thought we would break out a bit and talk about

MUCH BIGGER things...


oh, how we wish we could take a trip to see them!

Did you know that South Africa is one of the best places in the world to 'Whale watch'?
Yes, we have tourists from all over the globe who come here between May and December for a glimpse of these magnificent creatures. This is something which Mom says is still on her 'to do' list. I personally think they are too big for me to play with.

The above picture is of a whale "breeching". The experts say that they do this either to play, or communicate with other whales or it is a method of getting all the parasites off their massive bodies. Apparently this is an incredible sight to witness. The splashes they make are much, much bigger than the splashes some of our golden retriever buddies make when they jump in the water!

When a whale's tail is out of the water, it is called 'fluking' or 'lobtailing'. Fluking is when they are about to dive deeply whereas 'lobtailing' is when the whale 'pats' the water to make a loud sound. Here too, it is thought to be a form of communication.



We just thought you guys might like to see these beautiful pictures of some of our fellow warm blooded creatures. Please visit the sites below if you are interested in more interesting facts:
In the meantime, have a wonderful, barkful weekend!
Remember that the world is a much bigger place than we generally think with creatures that we often forget about!

Lots of licks


Emma said...

Wow, I envy you for getting to see such beautiful creatures so close! Wonderful photos, thank you for sharing.

Mango said...

That is amazing! You are fortunate to see those big whales in person.

I am sorry about little Hamster. I hope that you get good information from somebody because we don't know what to do.


Elizabeth said...

I love whales, they are so amazing!!

Elizabeth & Luna

Ms. ~K said...

Awesome photos!
I've only seen whales off the coast of Oregon and Alaska.
Like eagles, they always take my breath away.
Thanks for the info links!

The FOUR Musketeers said...

WOW ! How cool is that ?! How we wish we can see one of those giant beautiful sea creature :) Love the photos !

Sue said...

We have some decent whale watching in this part of the world too, so I've been told, but I've never been lucky enough to see any.

Well, I take that back...I've seen whales at Sea World...does that count?

Hero said...

Awesome pictures! My hoomans have never gone whale watching even though they lived in Iceland and now in the Azores where it's very easy to see whales. Sometimes when we look out from where we live we can see dolphin pods in the ocean. It's always amazing when the ocean reveals some of its secrets to us.

The Army of Four said...

Those are GREAT pix, Max! You're a great tour guide; we're learning a lot from you!
I wonder how much room those guys take up in the bed?
Play bows,

Lorenza said...

Hi, Max!
That Whale Watching must be very interesting!
Thanks for sharing it!
I hope you are having a great weekend
Kisses and hugs

Sam said...

Wow! What wonderful pictures! Thank you for sharing them!



GoldenSamantha said...

Those are stunningly beautiful photos of incredible mammals! The huge right whales are amazing - the way they seem to "float" on the water. (Just went to Alaska recently and saw several humpbacks) - different than the right whale pix in the Hermanos web pages. Amazing! Thanks for posting!
Hugs xo

Hamish Westie said...

Wow Max, great pictures. But they do look a bit scary. Kinda reinforces my prejudice against going in any water that is more that knee deep!
Cheers, H.
PS Thanks for all the tips about plantago - Gail is going to pass them on to her professo, along with your suggestion for improving the experiment!

caboval said...

HI Max! We get whales and dolphins!!! It awesome! Wish we were there with you!!! Hugs JOey and Kealani

Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Max, my mom would LOVE to go on a whale watching tour! Thanks so much fur showing us!