Paternoster's calm waters are a haven for whales and dolphins. The Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena australis) is a regular visitor to the West Coast.
It migrates annually from the Antarctic Ocean to Cape inshore waters in June and returns in December. Calves are born around August and what a magnificent sight when these glorious creatures roll, splash and breach so close to the shore. Humpbacks and Bryde's whales are also seen from time to time.
Heaviside's Dolphin (Cephalorihnchus heavisidii), are endemic to this part of the world as are Dusky Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obscurus). And, if one is lucky, scores of common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) can be seen.
REMEMBER: By law, you are not allowed to be closer than 300m to a whale.