We had four whale watching tours today in a South East wind. This made for a bit of an adventurous ride at time when we travelled into the wind. On the first two tours we came in to Gansbaai harbour, due to the very low tide. This means we have to travel around Danger Point, which adds to our adventure as the waves are always a bit bigger there.
On all four tours we spent time with our Mum and calf Southern right whales. We still have a number of Mum and calf pairs hanging out in our whale watching bay. The calves are getting bigger and bigger each day as they feed on Mum’s fat rich milk, while the females loose weight, but it is good to see that the mother whales we are watching at the moment still seem to be a good healthy weight and we are not seeing skinny whales. This was a concern after last year when not as many whales came to our South African coast to breed.
We also got to see the amazing Cape Fur Seal colony on every tour, as the breeding season is happening now, the island is particularly full of seals.
On our second tour of the day we got a brief look at a small group of African penguins sitting on the water, and the last tour was very lucky as they got to see a Bronze Whaler shark when we stopped for a couple of minutes at Slashfin. We are not always able to see a shark on our tours, so this is always a treat.
On the last tour of the day we also had a special treat when a juvenile Southern Right whale came very close to our boat to have a look at us, after it had been playing around with a Mother and calf.
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