Over the last couple of weeks local whale watching outfit Raggy Charters has spotted two different pods of orcas on two occasions while out cruising in Algoa Bay. Owner Lloyd Edwards also saw the one pod cruise by Seaview a little less than a week ago. Yesterday there was excitement in St Francis Bay when … Continue reading Orca in Algoa Bay
Usually this time of the year the sardines start to gather off the Port Elizabeth coastline before they start their run up the east coast. It gives divers and film crews the ideal opportunity to observe the bait balls along with all the dolphin, whale, shark and bird activity that accompanies it. Expert Tours based … Continue reading Orcas off Port Elizabeth with Expert Tours
The Port Elizabeth Museum, which forms part of the Bayworld complex, has a very unique exhibit hanging in the Marine Hall. It's the skeleton of the last Southern Right Whale to be harpooned in Algoa Bay and is the focus piece of a exhibit that covers whales and sharks (amongst others) along with everything associated with them.
https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/a_iY6AeMtyA&source=udsAlan Fogarty of Alan Tours offers a Big 7 tour that starts off with a whale watching excursion with Raggy Charters before heading to Addo to find the rest of the Big 5. Whales visit our shores mostly between April and November with Southern Right and Humpback whales being the big boys to look out … Continue reading Whale watching in Algoa Bay
https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/0j3kZpEFLkE&source=udsEverybody knows that the Sardine Run moves up the east coast of South Africa every year with awesome sightings off the Wild Coast and thousands of sardines coming so close inshore at KwaZulu Natal that people can scoop them up with buckets. Very few know that the sardines gather off the coast of Port Elizabeth … Continue reading Baitball activity off Port Elizabeth during the Sardine Run
https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/qXCbY-KcHyY&source=udsAt the recent 2nd annual South African Tourism Lilizela Awards Raggy Charters of Port Elizabeth won the Marine Experience category in the customer experience section. It is a huge accomplishment not just for Lloyd Edwards and his team but also a feather in the cap of Port Elizabeth and Algoa Bay. It proves that this area can … Continue reading Penguin Island Cruise with Raggy Charters video
https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/a-Ph1CWYivg&source=udsBefore the sardines travel up the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal coastline during the annual sardine run they have to gather somewhere in preparation for the migration. That somewhere is off the coast of Port Elizabeth. Local marine film maker and dive operator, Rainer Schimpf of Expert Tours is an expert on the sardine run and takes … Continue reading Port Elizabeth diver nearly swallowed by whale
Looking up at the impressive whale skeleton on display in the Marine Hall at the Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld. The skeleton belongs to the last Southern Right Whale to be hunted in Algoa Bay.
A whale skeleton at the Bayworld Museum. This used to be one of my favourite places to visit, and take our kids, as well as visiting neices and nephews. Unfortunately their shortsighted pricing policy now makes it a less attractive idea, and I know of lots of would-be visitors who no longer go there as … Continue reading Dem Bones, dem bones, dem dry bones….
Continuing with our whale watching trip from last week, the map from google earth will give you a better idea of where we went. In the next few days we'll continue to show you the highlights.Along the way, the skipper, Lloyd, (facing the camera, in red and white jacket) fountain of much knowledge about the … Continue reading Cruising around the bay…..with Raggy Charters