helen pattullo - Dyer Island Cruises, near Hermanus and Cape Town

28 November 2013

Posted by Helen on November 28, 2013

The wind was strong and the sun was warm on the way out to Pearly Beach today, making perfect conditions for the Southern Right whales to be playing in the swells...

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28 November 2013

26 November 2013

Posted by Helen on November 27, 2013

The crew and clients on Whale Whisperer witnessed a once in a lifetime interaction between Bottlenose dolphins and Southern Right whales this afternoon...

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26 November 2013

31 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 31, 2013

The wind was definitely pumping today...

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31 October 2013

29 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 30, 2013

We had a variety of sightings today, from Southern Right whale mother calf pairs, entangled seals and injured Cape gannets, it was a broad spectrum...

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29 October 2013

28 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 28, 2013

We saw some really incredible whale behaviour today...

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28 October 2013

27 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 27, 2013

The sun was finally shining for us again today giving the whales perfect conditions for sunbathing at the surface...

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27 October 2013

26 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 26, 2013

We had flukes and pectoral flippers everywhere today...

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26 October 2013

25 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 25, 2013

The day brought mist and rain with it but luckily the wet weather doesn’t affect the whale sightings...

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25 October 2013

24 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 24, 2013

The calves were keeping their mums on their toes today, being very active and curious...

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24 October 2013

23 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 23, 2013

The morning started out beautifully flat and warm but the wind soon picked up for the afternoon, this didn’t discourage our whale sightings however...

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23 October 2013

19 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 19, 2013

The swells had gone down for today but the wind was pumping just as hard, encouraging a lot of active behaviour from our calves...

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19 October 2013

18 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 18, 2013

The swells were on the larger side and the wind was pumping today, a perfect day for the mothers to exercise their calves in the current...

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18 October 2013

17 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 17, 2013

Somebody must have had a good luck charm with them today, because the wild life was outstanding...

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17 October 2013

16 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 16, 2013

There were lots of mother-calf pairs around today, although the young ones are getting so big it doesn't seem right to refer to them as calves...

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16 October 2013

15 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 15, 2013

We had a great show from the mother-calf pairs in the bay today, the weather was calm and warm and so were the whales...

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15 October 2013

14 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 14, 2013

We've been seeing more and more mother-calf pairs in the bay recently, and it's easy to tell they are getting older as their curiosity grows...

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14 October 2013

13 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 13, 2013

The day started off overcast but soon turned sunny and warm with only a little wind...

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13 October 2013

11 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 11, 2013

A strong westerly wind meant only one early morning trip today, but the mother-calf pairs in the bay were awake and waiting...

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11 October 2013

10 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 10, 2013

The wind was virtually non-existent again today, with no swells, allowing us to view just how many whales were around the boat on each trip, I think our lowest count of the day was about six...

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10 October 2013

09 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 9, 2013

The water was flat and clear today over in Pearly Beach, perfect for viewing the mating group we found...

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09 October 2013

08 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 8, 2013

The day started with a breach and finished with a double breach, having a few seals and penguins in between...

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08 October 2013

07 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 7, 2013

There must have been something in the water today because those calves were being active; it was like baby boot camp...

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07 October 2013

06 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 6, 2013

A warm sun and calm seas made for the perfect whale watching conditions today...

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06 October 2013

05 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 5, 2013

The wind made for slightly choppy conditions today but we still managed to find 4 different sets of whales throughout the trip...

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05 October 2013

04 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 4, 2013

We saw both "Patch Adams" and “Spotty”, another mother-calf pair we know very well based on the speckled white pattern of the calf, on our trips today...

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04 October 2013

03 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 3, 2013

We found a small mating group just behind Geyser Rock who were being very "active" all day long, guess we should have marked our trips as rated "R" today...

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03 October 2013

02 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 2, 2013

The whales were beyond our wildest expectations today...

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02 October 2013

01 October 2013

Posted by Helen on October 1, 2013

It was a beautiful day to be on the water, the sea was calm, the sun was shining, the clouds were scarce and the whales were chilling...

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01 October 2013

30 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 30, 2013

We had fantastic sightings all around today...

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30 September 2013

26 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 26, 2013

It’s an amazing experience to watch a mother teach her young calf behavioural techniques right before your eyes...

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26 September 2013

25 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 25, 2013

The wind was prominent today, making the water feel very choppy but the whale sightings were worth it...

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25 September 2013

24 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 24, 2013

Seeing 1 Southern Right whale next to the boat is impressive enough but seeing 13 whales surrounding the boat brings it to a whole new level...

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24 September 2013

23 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 23, 2013

Words cannot describe the experience we had today, all three trips were absolutely awe inspiring...

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23 September 2013

22 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 22, 2013

It was great to finally get back on the water today and the day started with a bang...

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22 September 2013

12 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 12, 2013

There were as many as 10 Southern Right whales that could be seen at the same time in the bay area today, and if that wasn't impressive enough the breaching show they put on for us definitely was...

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12 September 2013

11 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 11, 2013

The wildlife was working well with us today, from the Southern Right whales to the Great White sharks, Cape Fur seals and African penguins we had fantastic sightings...

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11 September 2013

10 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 10, 2013

It was flukes galore today...

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10 September 2013

09 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 9, 2013

There was a new calf in the bay today, one that we haven't spotted before, who was speckled white and had fluke that looked as if it had been splattered with white by a paint brush...

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09 September 2013

08 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 8, 2013

It was an overcast day with a bit of drizzle but the weather didn’t deter the whale sightings...

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08 September 2013

07 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 7, 2013

We didn't find our usual mother-calf pairs today in the Franskraal bay area, but instead found a small mating group...

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07 September 2013

06 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 6, 2013

It certainly felt like a spring today, the sun was shining bright and it was warmer than it has been in a while...

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06 September 2013

05 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 5, 2013

We decided to try our luck again in the Franskraal area today and it paid off as we found two mother-calf pairs and a very friendly sub-adult...

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05 September 2013

03 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 3, 2013

The large swells may not have been favourable for us, but the Southern Right whales were loving them, breaching out the water continuously left, right and centre...

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03 September 2013

01 September 2013

Posted by Helen on September 1, 2013

It was a little choppy on the water today but the conditions were good enough for us to finally get out to sea again...

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01 September 2013

26 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 26, 2013

It was overcast and a little windy today but it did not deter the whale activity in the slightest...

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26 August 2013

25 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 25, 2013

The swells were prominent out on the water today, but the whales loved them...

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25 August 2013

23 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 23, 2013

There was love in the air this morning as we stumbled upon a mating group right as we reached Pearly beach on our first trip...

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23 August 2013

20 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 20, 2013

First day back on the water after more than a week off sea, due to bad weather, and the whales had a great show lined up for us...

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20 August 2013

11 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 11, 2013

We headed straight out to Pearly beach this morning to beat the bad weather that is moving in and the Southern Right whales were waiting there for us to join them...

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11 August 2013

10 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 10, 2013

We had absolutely fantastic trips out today...

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10 August 2013

09 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 9, 2013

We had a chilly start this morning, but it did not discourage the whales in the slightest as we had excellent sightings on each trip...

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09 August 2013

05 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 5, 2013

We were in the right place at the right time for our trip today, managing to sight the full Marine Big 5...

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05 August 2013

04 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 4, 2013

We managed to spot four of the Marine Big 5 on both trips today...

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04 August 2013

03 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 3, 2013

We began our trip today by visiting our sister company, Marine Dynamics, to catch some of the awesome Great White shark activity they had going on...

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03 August 2013

02 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 2, 2013

Just as we arrived in the shallows on our first trip this morning we were greeted by a small pod of 6-7 Humpback dolphins...

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02 August 2013

01 August 2013

Posted by Helen on August 1, 2013

We saw a total of 9 Southern Right whales today...

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01 August 2013

30 July 2013

Posted by Helen on July 30, 2013

We got a fantastic welcome back from the whales today after a week of no sea days due to bad weather...

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30 July 2013

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