Today was full moon, so we launched out of Gansbaai for our first trip of the day. The sea was picture perfect, with us heading towards the infamous Danger Point. We spotted our first Southern Rights just off the point, playing amongst the kelp. After having the calf give us a great approach, popping right in front of the boat, we decided to move towards the shallows to see if we could catch up with a few more of these majestic beauties. Sure enough, we got to spend some quality time with a couple of mom calf pairs before spotting some moulting African Penguins o Dyer Island. Whilst here, Kira spotted some spouts behind Geyser Rock. On closer inspection, we realised that we had our second species of whale for the trip in the form of 2 Humpback Whales. After getting a few nice views of the Humpbacks, we took a quick stop at the seals before making our way back to Kleinbaai.
Trip 2 had beautiful Southern Right Whales in the shallows, with 3 mom and calf pairs doing their thing in the turquoise waters just off of “Die Grys”, referring to the white beaches that run all the way to Pearly Beach. The whales were super relaxed and relaxed on the surface only a few metres away, much to the delight of all on board. At Dyer Island, we were able to spot some African Penguins sitting on the guano covered boulders before stopping at our Cape Fur Seal colony. It is absolutely awesome to see the size difference between the males and females, with some of the males being so blubbery one thinks that they would struggle to move.
Our next trip of the day were lucky to see a Bronze Whaler Shark by Slashfin during the trip, with some cool Southern Right Whales, Seals and African Penguin to compliment this. Although we’re focusing mainly on the whales, we always try to take a stop at our sister company, attempting to catch a glimpse of the oceans most feared predator. The whales also got quite playful on this trip, which allowed us to see the awesome bond between mom and calf.
Trip 4 also got to see 2 species of whale, with us spotting some Humpback Whales that were heading for Jouberts Dam. This was a mom and calf pair travelling pretty shallow, as we are usually finding our Humpbacks a little closer to Dyer Island. When we found them, mom was slapping her gigantic pectoral flippers against the surface of the water, which made for a spectacular show. These guys have the largest pectoral flippers of any species along with gorgeous white undersides. We got to watch these two beauties move around the bay for a little while after this, before we moved on to our Southern Right Whales. We had the whales pretty close for a large portion of our time in the shallows which made for great photographic opportunities after which we head on over to Dyer Island for some African Penguins and Cape Fur Seals.
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