We got to see 4 out of the Marine Big 5 today with only the dolphins alluding us! After heading out early this morning to commemorate the sinking of the HMS Birkenhead, we were eager to get out and spend some time with our gorgeous wildlife.
We have some absolutely awesome news to share with regards to the sharks, as it seems our Great Whites are back in full swing! After spending some time in the shallows watching thousands of Cape Cormorants, we really hit the jackpot when we spotted a dark shadow in the water. This was none other than a free swimming Great White Shark, and a large one at that, these absolutely iconic creatures are always one of the highlights of our trips and we were incredibly fortunate to be able to spend a few minutes cruising next to this majestic specimen. Great Whites are quite well known for their curiosity and this shark was no exception, checking out our vibrating engines before going a little deeper.
After this excitement, we head towards our Cape Fur Seals next, who were a little pungent but as cute as ever as they fooled around in the water and stumbled over each other on land, creating a comedy scene for all to enjoy.
Once we’d had our fill of Africa’s only endemic fur seal, we head behind Dyer Island and circled towards the infamous Danger Point hoping that we had some fish moving through the area. We were definitely in luck with thousands of birds flocking to the water to enjoy the splendour. Cape Cormorants, Swift terns, juvenile Cape Gannets and even a gorgeous Sooty Shearwater made an appearance as we moved slowly in search of some marine mammals.
Just as we were about to start heading back to the harbour, a blow was spotted. We were really lucky to have found a Brydes Whale in the bay, with this one taking advantage of all the food in the area. Once we approached, we got to watch the Brydes come up a few times really close to the boat before this gentle giant took a deep dive.
The last member of the Marine Big 5 awaited us on the way back in when we spotted several gorgeous African Penguins in the water.
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