“The Atlantic lived up to our expectations with rollers, whales and seals. Enjoyed our voyage. The crew was helpful, informative and courteous. Great soup- nice finish.” – The Martins
“Very helpful and nice crew. Very nice ride and great sightings. :)” – Louis
It was overcast today as we made our way out of the harbour towards the shallows. Although it was a little gloomy, there was very little wind today which always makes for a more pleasant trip. We stopped to a YSI reading just in front of Uilenkraalsmond before picking up a piece of Sea Bamboo to pass around. With the kelp, came a couple of little arthropods which Andrea, one of our returning volunteers, picked up, showing the clients just one of the many species that rely on our kelp.
After this we head to Dyer Island to have a look at the seals who were very pungent today. The Cape Fur Seal gets its name from their double layer of fur which keeps them super warm in the cold Atlantic Ocean. There were many in the water today and I managed to get a couple of adorable pic’s of them cooling down.
Following our visit to Geyser Rock, we head behind the island where there were a few Cape Gannets that stayed with us for quite some time, providing some nice photo opportunities despite the bad light. There were also many juveniles around today who are considerably less beautiful with their brown colouration but cute none the less.
The ocean looked pretty quiet in this area so we decided to head back into the bay and head towards Danger Point. We spotted some Sooty Shearwaters in the water and not that much later Khwezi spotted the spout of a whale. We made our way towards it and, sure enough, a beautiful Brydes Whale popped up next to the boat. This whale was really relaxed and stayed within 100m of the boat for an entire 15 minutes. He also came up beautifully for us, exposing more of his Blueish-grey body than what most do when we spot them. Towards the end of the sighting, this beauty also rolled on its back, exposing to us its beautiful white belly which is really not something you see every day.
After an amazing sighting we made our way back towards the harbour along the Danger Point coast line.
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