Today’s trip started with some beautiful African Penguins, we managed to spot a large raft just off Danger Point. It is always great to see large rafts of these birds as we only tend to see them in small groups. However, when in large groups like this, the more comfortable the penguins are, allowing us to approach much closer. African Penguins have been severely affected by the arrival of humans in the area. We have destroyed their homes, taken their eggs to eat and overfished the area, leaving a once booming population in tatters. Not all hope is lost as a few years ago, our African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary was opened. Any sick or injured birds in the area rehabilitated with us before returning to the wild. We soon moved on from the birds as we then headed towards our Island System. In front of the Island we came across a group of Giant Petrels. We have two species of Giant Petrel, the Northern and Southern. The Northern can be identified by a red tip to the bill and the Southern a green tip.
We then made our way into the infamous Shark Alley where we said G’day to our ever entertaining 60,000 strong seal colony. We stopped here for a while before heading out in search of whales behind the Island. Luckily, our eagle eyed spotted found us a whale very close to the Island. The Bryde’s whale we found, is usually very shy and elusive but this way was unbelievable cooperative. We had few passed of the whale very close to the vessel providing some excellent views. Soon however, they whale grew tired of us and moved on, so we set our course for the Shark Cage Diving sites to get a glimpse of one the most awesome predators on the planet. We were in luck; a large great white was seen cruising next to our vessel before moving towards the shark cage divers. This amazing animal was to be our last sighting before reaching the harbour, wrapping up a fantastic day at sea.
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