We started our day at sea in beautiful weather with a sighting of lone Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin. This usually shy animal was very active, coming right next to the boat and having good look at us before bow riding. We stayed with dolphin for some time before heading to the Shark Cage Diving Vessel in search of a Great White Shark. The sharks had been very slow today, occasionally coming up to the bait lines. We had just started to move on before everyone on board glimpsed a large shark at another vessel. We then headed over to Dyer Island system to say hello to our Cape Fur Seals on Geyser Rock and see if we could spot any Penguins on the Island. Luckily, we were able to spot four penguins on the island quite close to the shore, an excellent opportunity to see the birds close up in their natural environment.
We were then greeted by 60,000 noisy seals on the rock, which as always are very entertaining. Also known as the Brown Fur Seal, this species is found all along the western shores of South Africa and also found on the southern coast of Australia. We moved on from the seals into deeper water for the best surprise we could ask for…
As we made our way round behind the island, we managed to spot two beautiful Southern Right Whales relaxing. Crew and guests alike were elated at the sight as we watched them lob tailing, spy hop and roll over on their back. These graceful giants were very peaceful around us but they soon moved on. Our second time in a week seeing Southern Right Whales which very uncharacteristic for this time of year due to their migration patterns. This was our last sighting, completing Gansbaai’s Marine Big 5.
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