WhaleTime Guides Take To The Water
WhaleTime has recently partnered with some of the boat-based whale watching operators here in Durban to provide our WhaleTime guides with the opportunity to get up close and personal with the whales they spend their day giving tours about.
Our aim is to expose these guides to the marine environment and reignite their passion for whales and responsible whale watching. Whilst all of them leave the boat beaming, with countless stories of what they’ve experienced, they also had the bitter taste of what it takes to be out there every day – Don’t worry girls, we’re all in the same boat (pun intended), and seasickness can happen to the best of us! The guides were lucky enough to go out during the peak migration season (June-August) and saw numerous blows, some lob tailing and even a breach. Ayanda was even fortunate to encounter endangered humpback dolphin! We hope that this kind of experience will encourage our guides to take these stories back to their local communities and become ambassadors for whale conservation and responsible ecotourism.
Our goal is to not only work towards upskilling and job creation for our guides in this industry, but to provide whale-watching operators with onboard marine education and conservation awareness, and support for cetacean research activities.
We would like to thank Isle of Capri, operating under Advantage Tours, for taking on our guides and giving them these everlasting experiences.
We hope our next group of guides might be lucky enough to see some humpback mothers and calves returning from the warmer waters up north in October and November!