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Beware: people above! Boats come off worst in whale ‘muggings’


Beware: people above! Boats come off worst in whale ‘muggings’

Cape paddlers must keep their distance as curious southern rights don’t come away unscathed either

Senior features writer

Southern right whales, on a summer jaunt through Cape Town’s seas, have been in and under paddlers in Table Bay, occasionally capsizing boats when they surface.

Dubbed “whale mugging”, such encounters are unpredictable even for well-intentioned paddlers.

The marine spotting Seafari app shows prolific sightings since February of southern rights, the rarest of the large whales with callosities on their huge heads...

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