Daily Trip 28 June 2018
A breaching Humpback Whale and a host of pelagic bird species? Today was definitely tough to beat!
Written by Jax, June 28 2018
Guide Summary and Photographs
It appears Humpback Whale season is in full swing here in Kleinbaai, with many of these gentle giants making their way up the coast towards tropical water.
We’ve been very lucky with our sightings over the last week or so despite the weather not playing along, and today was certainly no exception. We launched slightly later from the harbour then usual, heading out at around lunch time and moving straight towards deeper water in an effort to catch up with these long-distance travellers. We did not have to go too far out, with Kira spotting the first spout at a depth of around 30 meters.
Sure enough, as we approached we found 3 Humpback whales Migrating together, with a few more Humpbacks milling around a little further off. Excited to spend some time with these baleen beauties, we moved slowly parallel to them, waiting in anticipation as they took deeper dives and snapping away when they surfaced.
Although we’re not exactly sure how these animals find their way on these epic journeys, they seem to do them with remarkable accuracy, not straying too far from course. Some people believe that Whales will use magnetism to find their way through the ocean, whilst others theorize that they may use the movement of the sun. It is also not impossible that a combination of the two guides them. Whatever their preferred method is, we’re grateful that they do find their way as it allows us to have spectacular sightings!
We had one such sighting today when out of nowhere, one of these Humpback Whales decided to breach right in front of the boat. Although it caught us all by surprise, most of us managed to catch a glimpse of this magnificent display, with the whale going on to breach a time or two again before moving off.
As if the whales were not awesome enough to keep us all on our toes, during the sighting we were also graced with the sight of a White Chinned Petrel, a Sooty Shearwater and not one but two Shy Albatrosses.
On the rest of the tour, we went on to see the Cape Fur Seals over at Geyser Rock, who seemed to be having a ball bouncing around in the surf in front of the island. After our time here, we cruised past Dyer Island and into The Shallows briefly before moving back towards the harbour.
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