Named after the wife of the late Prof. Peter Best, Maggie (79/01A) was the first female southern right whale identified in South African waters. She was observed for the first time in 1979 with a calf, and has had at least 9 calves since then, all born along the South African coast.
Blanca (84/12A) is one of the few brindle (white) females in the South African population. She was photographed for the first time in 1984 with a calf, and has had at least 9 more calves since then, most of which were born with a brindle colouration as well.
Thembe (91/80A) was born in De Hoop Nature Reserve in 1985 and is daughter of female 79/03A. She has a very distinct dorsal colouration pattern better known as “partial grey morphism with a white blaze”. Since we have known her, she has had 4 calves of her own, almost all of which were born in Walker Bay and 3 of which were born with a brindle colouration.
Emma (83/02A) was first identified in Rooiels in 1983. Besides from her callosity pattern, she is very recognizable due to her dorsal colouration pattern better known as “partial grey morphism with a white blaze”. Since we have known Emma, she has had 10 calves, of which 7 were born with either a white blaze or “partial grey morphism”, and 2 were born with a brindle colouration.
Ghost (06/247A) was born in 2003 in De Hoop Nature Reserve. Since then, Ghost has been observed along the South African coast in 4 more years but each time without a calf, suggesting Ghost is a male (and the only male in our adoption program). Ghost is very recognizable due to the “ghost-like” white patch on his back.
Fluke (05/261A) was identified for the first time in 2005 with a calf, and since then on two more occasions, each time with a new calf. Fluke is very recognizable due to her round shaped tail fluke, which seems to miss the tips. Although we are not sure what might have caused this, it could be related to a shark or killer whale attack.
Granny (81/09A) was first observed along the South African coast in 1981 with her calf V (87/08A). She is a very succesful female and has had, since then, at least 9 other calves. Granny is the great-grandmother of Splash (07/66A), also part of this adoption program.
V (87/08A) was born in 1981 in De Hoop Nature Reserve, and is a daughter of Granny. She is very recognizable due to a V-shaped white patch on her back. V has been observed in 7 different years, each time with a different calf. She is the grandmother of Splash (07/66A).
Splash (07/66A) was born in 1995 and had her first calf at the age of 12. So far, she has had 3 calves in total, of which the last one (so far) was born in 2017. Splash is a great-grand daughter of Granny and granddaughter of V.
Lucca (99/164A) was born in 1987 in De Hoop Nature Reserve and is a daughter of female 85/37A. Lucca had her first calf in 1999, at the age of 12, and has had 5 calves since then. She is very recognizable due to the grey colouration pattern on her back (which was white when she was born), making her a “partial grey morph”.