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Whale Crier says he loves his job

He stands next to the shore with a big smile on his face as he looks out over the ocean.

Bravo Sobazile (35) holds a job that is scarcer then hen’s teeth, he is a whale crier.

Sobazile is the sixth whale crier of Hermanus, a tradition that has been passed on since the first crier in 1991.

“People always see me with my kelp horn as I am pointing in the direction of the whales, but they don’t know that I had a difficult childhood and had to give up studying at Unisa due to financial reasons. I had to build myself up,” says Sobazile.

According to him this industry is still a new one and he had to learn things quickly. “I come from a tourism background and I realised the importance of treating people well. The first year in 2017 was a bit difficult when I started off as a whale crier, but it was a successful year and I am now in my third year and I am still enjoying the job tremendously.”

He wants the younger and older generations to realise how important all of the species are in our ocean. “Every generation has a lot to learn about the species in our oceans and if we don’t look after them now they won’t be here for future generations,” says Sobazile.

He says that from June to November the Southern Right Whales will be visible from Hermanus’s shores. The Bryde’s and Humpback Whales only come to hunt sardines during the summer months. “My favourite whale is the Southern Right because they always give a show and tourists love taking photos of them.” Prior to living in Hermanus he resided in Cape Town. “Hermanus is much nicer and calmer to live in than Cape Town. It is a peaceful town and one has an easy life living here,” says Sobazile. He still loves his job as a whale crier and isn’t planning on leaving the job anytime soon.

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