Sadly, there was an active whaling station off of Durban when we lived there, originally started by Norwegians at the beginning of the 20th Century. When the wind blew a certain direction, the smell was awful.
Following the Second World War, Durban became a major center for the catching of sperm whales on their migrations.
One day Dad took us around the end of the bluff, and we walked along the beach to the station. We collected whale teeth! The whaling station was closed in the 1970s, and is now a restricted military area.