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Today we did not have to wait long for our first sighting, a little juvenile African Penguin was spotted just outside the harbour. The penguin seemed unperturbed by our vessel, allowing us to come quite close for some excellent photograph opportunities. Our next member of the Marine Big 5 was none other than the Great White Shark. The shark took a while to surface around the cage diving site, however we got some magnificent views of the colossal animal as it passed the cage. With two out of the Marine Big 5 completed, we journeyed to the Dyer Island System to compete the third. Our always cooperative Cape Fur Seal colony was very happy to see us approaching and even began porpoising behind the vessel. These animals are always great fun to watch both lumbering around on the land and elegantly weaving between the kelp forests. We soon said goodbye to the colony and headed out in the deeper ocean in search of any whale spouts. After much searching on both sides of the Island, we managed to spot a lot of birds feeding at a bait ball and as we approached spotted the spout of Bryde’s Whale. The Bryde’s Whale is the one of the only resident whales in South Africa, following the fish stocks up and down the coast instead of migrating south towards the Antarctic. This beautiful animal was clearly feeding on the fish and was difficult to keep up with but it still passed the boat on plenty of occasions so we could get a good look. This was to be our last sighting of the day before moving back towards the harbour with 4 out of the Marine Big 5 checked off our list.
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