The whales come to the South African coast in February/March, autumn there, every year.
One day late in April we were sailing from Simon's Town to Cape Town
, about 40M, requiring a rounding of Cape of Good Hope. Halfway to Cape Town
, on the Cape Peninsular's west coast
, we came across two big whales swimming slowly in company with a baby whale. We hadn't noticed them, they are difficult to spot if they do not blow air and water
, and passed about 30m away from one of them. Peaceful but it still made us thinking ...