16 April 2016

A Crystal-clear day and one big trawler...

Written by Jax, April 17 2016

16 April 2016

Guide Summary and Photographs

Today was exceptionally clear and one could see all the way to Cape Point whilst out on the water. We set off on Whale Whisperer this morning and made our way towards the shallows.  Here we find Uilenkraalsmond, a natural estuary. This estuary is fed by mountain water containing minerals which runs into the water. This attracts fish into the area which also attracts the Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin.

Unfortunately, today we were unable to see the dolphins but we did see a very large shark when we stopped at our sister company. This shark was pretty fascinated by our motors and swam behind our boat to check them out.

Our next sighting was of a Giant Petrel. These birds are not endemic to the area and so it is always great to see them. This bird gave us a beautiful display in which it ran on the water for a short while before settling down again and showing off its impressive wingspan.

Shortly after this, one of our volunteers spotted a Sunfish. This was a pretty large Sunfish and we were lucky to have it stick around for several minutes while we observed the strange way in which it moves. After this we head off towards the island to visit our African Penguins.

The island was noticeably without many of its resident cormorants which made it very easy to point out the penguins. We discovered the cormorants on the water a little while later which is always a spectacular sight.

After passing by the seals a couple of times, we made our way to the open sea where we spotted a couple of whale spouts. Although we did not manage to see the whales come up. We did manage to go pretty close to a trawling vessel which was an experience of its own. These ships are absolutely massive and we stayed with the boat for a while before heading back to the harbour.

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