Daily Trip 15 May 2017

We could not ask for a better day to be out on the water...

Written by Sandra Hoerbst, May 15 2017

Daily Trip 15 May 2017

Guide Summary and Photographs

We could not ask for a better day to be out on the water. The sea was calm and only a very light breeze was blowing a bit further out.
This morning we launched our vessel Whale Whisperer from the Kleinbaai harbour. As every day we were heading towards Uilenkraalsmond and then further along the stunning coast line. Closer to an area known as the shallows we spotted a Cape Fur seal busy ripping his meal apart. After spending some time with the seal we continued our tour and drove to Pearly Beach. During our whale watching season we spend around 80% of the time there to see the Southern Right whales. Before heading into deeper water we were carefully scanning the bay for wildlife activity but haven’t been very successful this time.
In deeper water it has been just as quiet so we took course towards Dyer Island and Geyser Rock to see the Cape Fur seal colony. It’s always great to see fifty thousand seals at once, on a little rock island. To make sure we don’t miss out on any animals, the skipper decided to head towards Danger Point to cover all of our permitted area. On our way to the Danger Point Lighthouse we stopped several times for seabirds and a lot of different rafts of African penguins. We estimate that we have seen over 50 African penguins all in rafts around ten individuals spread out through the bay. How lucky to still see so many, usually we have to look very carefully just to spot one.
As we came closer to Danger Point we changed direction and were slowly heading along the coast back towards Kleinbaai, when we suddenly spotted the Humpback dolphins. We encountered four individuals, two of them are well known to us. It was #009 also known as ‘Claw’ and her juvenile and another one travelling with a small calf. Everyone was excited to see some of them back in the bay as it has been a while since we spotted them. After cruising alongside the dolphins we were heading back to port.

 

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