New short film highlights importance of Algoa Bay as a Whale Heritage Site

World Animal Protection have just released an inspiring new short film about the amazing work of Lloyd Edwards and colleagues at Raggy Charters / Baywatch Marine Conservation Project as they present the world's newest Whale Heritage Site - Algoa Bay in South Africa!

Said Morvah George of World Animal Protection: "In June 2021 Algoa Bay became the second site in South Africa to be awarded Whale Heritage Site status; a global accreditation scheme for responsible wildlife friendly tourism experiences developed by the World Cetacean Alliance and supported by World Animal Protection."

Whale Heritage Sites are a global accreditation scheme - developed by the World Cetacean Alliance and supported by World Animal Protection - that recognise a community´s commitment to respecting and celebrating whales, dolphins and porpoises. 

Said Dylan Walker (formerly of the World Cetacean Alliance, now Wilderlife): "We call it the gold standard for global whale watching. If you go to a Whale Heritage Site you can be sure that the trip that you would take to see these animals really puts the animals and their conservation first, and that is a wonderful thing!"

Port Elizabeth, where Algoa Bay is located, is a hidden gem in South Africa for whale and dolphin watching, and other wildlife viewing, with seasonal visits from southern right whales, humpback whales and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins. They have the largest breeding colony of African penguins in the world. Other resident species include bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, Bryde's whales and Cape gannets.

Said Lloyd Edwards of Raggy Charters: It's critical for us to be accredited as a Whale Heritage Site because tourists want to know that they are supporting tour operators that are looking after the interests of the whales and dolphins in their area."


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