“Best way to spend my father’s day. Thanks for the Big 5 of the ocean!” – Thys
“Fantastic, staff attentive and passionate!” – Hart
Nice father’s day surprise with the Marine Big 5.
Although we had some swell and wind from south east we had an amazing time at sea. Just outside the harbour we spotted the Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins. We encountered three well-known individuals. One of them moved off quite quickly but the female and her juvenile stayed around the boat so we could have a good look at these beautiful animals. We continued our tour further towards the shark cage diving boats, where we stopped at our sister company. We just waited for a few minutes and got to see a Great White shark, what a treat.
On our way towards Dyer Island we came across three African penguins, one adult and two juvenile. Surprisingly they were very relaxed around the vessel and came close enough so we could have a great view. Around the island on the way towards the seal colony, Kira spotted a spout so we changed direction and tried to get closer to the whale. As we approached the whale came up again and showed its little dorsal fin before taking a deeper dive. The Bryde’s whales are not the most friendly whales but we managed to have a nice look at the gentle giant. We turned around to approach the seal colony and cruise through Shark Alley. After seeing these marine mammals resting on their island we slowly made our way back home through deeper water. And it ws worth it as we spotted another Bryde’s whale and some pelagic birds like a Shy albatross, Sooty shearwaters and White chinned petrels.
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