What did our guests think?

“What an amazing trip! Great Staff, great at explaining details to both adults and kids alike.” – Moller

“Our guide was amazing she was always asking if you have questions so we didn’t have to. Loved the boat ride, the sea spray was fun as well.” – Eva

“Really interesting! Very well run. Our guide was brilliant at going around to everyone to chat and explain what we were seeing. Thank you!!!” – The Hassett Family

“Great experience. Great Staff. Every was awesome!!!! Thanx :)” – Jonathan

 

Guide Summary and Photographs

After a day off sea, we were eager to head out today in the hopes of spending time with our incredible marine wildlife. We met at the Great White House at around 10:00 and were on the water at 11, heading towards the white beaches of Franskraal to do our daily water reading. It was a stunning day to be out at sea, so with the sun shining, we made our way towards Slashfin, our shark cage diving vessel. After things were a little quite here, we moved on to The Clyde Reef System and picked up a piece of kelp.

It was here that the fun really began, with us passing around the stipe and leaves of this fast-growing plant.  Whilst doing this, we got an interesting question about why the seaweed is as slimy as it is! There are a few different theories for this, with the first being that it allows the pant to be nice and flexible so that it’s not damaged by the waves. This mucus layer is also said to help the carbon cycle take place within kelp forests. This mucus appears to have all the right nutrients to allow the bacteria to grow, which allows that bacteria to assist in the carbon cycle. Carbon is an essential part of life, with plants using carbon to produce food for themselves. Once we’d done playing with the kelp, we head in the direction of Pearly Beach in search of some whales.

Sure enough, we were lucky to happen upon 2 gorgeous Humpback Whales who were milling around in slightly deeper water. These whales were really relaxed and we got to spend some time with them, waiting in anticipation when they stayed down and snapping many photos when they surfaced. We got to see the beautiful flukes of these animals twice as they lifted their tails to make some depth. Interestingly, one of these whales was a little scratched up, which could be from rubbing against another Humpback Whale and all the barnacles that call that whale home.

After our time with the whales, we moved on towards Geyser Rock where our Cape Fur Seals were waiting patiently for their turn to shine. These playful pinnipeds are always a delight to watch, with every seal being on their own mission. We also had a juvenile African Penguin attempting to climb on to Geyser Rock, which was quite a cute sight to behold.

We found several more Penguins as we exited Shark Alley, and we were lucky to have these guys really close to the boat. When we find slightly larger groups, they tend to be ore relaxed and today was no exception. Once we’d seen our fair share of these beauties, we head back to the harbor with 3 of the Marine Big 5 ticked off.

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