February 1, 2022, Johannesburg, South Africa (Press Release) -- While others prepare to spread some love on Valentine's Day, South Africa's Springbok Casino is celebrating Whalentine's Day (February 20th) by paying tribute to the whales that inhabit South Africa's oceans. They've collected a series of articles and videos that show just how important these magical, highly evolved creatures are to our world -- and what we can do to help them survive.

Whales that live in South Africa's oceans are featured: the Southern Right Whale, Humpback, Blue, Sperm and Killer Whales.

 

Springbok Casino"The fearsome Killer Whale is spectacular and seeing a Humpback breach is one of the most amazing experiences of my life," said Daniel Van Wyke. "But since we see so many off our coast when they come here to mate and calve, Southern Right Whales have got to be my favourite!"

Springbok's Whalentine's Day feature begins with a sad history lesson about how whales all over the world have become so endangered. It goes on to explain how whales are indispensable in slowing down climate change (they store an eye-popping two billion metric tons of CO2 per year!) and how reviving their numbers is key to slowing down, even repairing the damage to marine ecosystems.

Another article explains the differences between whales and dolphins and how all whales fall into two categories: those with teeth for eating fish, squid and octopus and those with baleen that feed on plankton.

Fun Facts About Whales

  • 1. Whale milk is as thick as toothpaste due to 50% fat content.
  • 2. Southern Right Whales have bigger testicles than any other animal: up to 500 kg.
  • 3. Sperm Whales are the loudest mammals on the planet reaching 230 decibels.
  • 4. All toothed whales have a "melon" forehead with fatty tissue to help vocalization.
  • 5. Some whales use bubble nets to coral their prey.
  • 6. The most famous fictional whale is Moby Dick.


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