Daily Trip 18 May 2017

The good weather is just continuing the whole week...

Written by Sandra Hoerbst, May 18 2017

Daily Trip 18 May 2017

Guide Summary and Photographs

The good weather is just continuing the whole week. We launched once again in perfect condition with no wind and a calm sea. Once we were out of the Kleinbaai harbour we slowly made our way along the coast to Uilenkraalsmond and further along the coast. Our first sighing of an animal was a seal playing in the swell, but we just slowly passed it as it was way too shallow for us to approach and have a closer look. Our next stop was at ‘Slashfin’ our sister company’s boat. They offer the Great white cage diving, so we stopped there for a couple of minutes in the hope to see a shark and we have been lucky this time. A shark was approaching their boat several times and showed us its unique dorsal fin, while cruising towards the decoy. On the way to Dyer Island we stopped for a bunch of White chinned petrels who were resting on the water, great to see so many of them on one spot as well so close inshore. Closer to the island we came across some African penguins foraging for some fish.

Around the corner of Dyer Island we were heading straight into the world famous Shark Alley. Most of the seals were laying on Geyser Rock, their 3 hectare island, but some were playing in the cold water. In deeper water we spotted more White chinned petrels, sooty shearwaters and Cape gannets and terns resting on a piece of floating kelp. Towards the end of the tour we also encountered two Bryde’s whales surfacing a few times. One of them was very relaxed and approached our vessel fairly close for this species.

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