We had a very interesting boat trip out today, with all the action starting off at Slashfin. Shark Sightings are generally a little bit slower at this time of year so we always feel treated when we get to spot either of the two species about the boat.
We had launched out of Kleinbaai, staying close to the breakers and looking out for some dolphins when we made our stop at our sister company hoping to catch sight of a shark. We certainly got a little more than what we bargained for when we had a very active Copper Shark appear in front of the bait, investigating both bait lines a few times, much to the glee of all on board, the fun did not stop here however, when this curious Copper decided that he would try his luck with a juvenile Cape Cormorant who had foolishly made his way into this potentially perilous area.
The juvenile cormorants are flocking to the water at the moment, which has been super cute but also quite sad as we have seen many taken by a particularly mischievous seal. Although seemingly out of harms way in the shallows, this little one had a very close run in with the shark, who spent a bit of time attempting to investigate his rump as he peddled away with determination but minimal speed. Flying was quite obviously not this babies area of expertise, but, he was none the less able to escape this encounter and, we can only hope that this was a lesson well learned for future reference.
After all this excitement,we popped by Dyer Island where the Penguins were being exceptionally elusive, so we moved on to an area with an abundance of wildlife, in the form of 60 000 Fur Seals. As playful and cheeky as ever, we enjoyed checking out the only mammalian member of the Marine Big 5 that we never go without.
On this tour, we also had some exciting birds about with some lucky folks getting to see a Giant Petrel, whilst others enjoyed a few views of an Arctic Skua and a few delicate Swift Terns.
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