We could not have asked for better sightings on our tour today, our local wildlife but on an amazing display for us all. Our first sighting came at the shark cage diving vessel. As soon as we arrived they had a large great white around which amazingly almost fully breached itself out of the water at the bait line. This did not only give us a great view of the jaws, but also the rest of the body. We could not stay for too long at the cage site unfortunately as it can interfere with their operation, a great start to the day. We then moved towards our island system to tick off the next two animals on the big 5 list. At Dyer Island, we were very fortunate to spot quite a few penguins. The penguins were adorable, most were huddled together on a dried-out kelp bed amongst a few rocks. Once more we had quick stop at our very playful seal colony, many were on the rock itself trying to warm themselves in the cool weather. One seal was even having a nice scratch on one of the outcrops very close to us. In Shark Alley itself, we found five giant petrels. These are large migratory birds with a wing span of over 2 meters and often are seen huddled together around floating carcasses. As most of the birds were eating we were able to approach the birds quite closely and get some amazing shots. On our way out of the alley, the best sighting was saved for last. As we searched for any whale spouts, a massive Bryde’s Whale surfaced very close to the vessel taking everyone by surprise. These whales can be very difficult to watch due to their sporadic movements, this one however, was very relaxed and cooperative coming up to breather very close to us many times. We couldn’t believe our luck today and headed back to the harbour with some great memories at sea.
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