Daily Tour,18 October 2018
A memorable day on the ocean...
Written by Judith Scott, October 19 2018
It was a three tour day for us today on Dream Catcher on a very beautiful and calm day here in the Cape of Storms. Out in the bay where we watch the whales we had again some new southern right whales in the bay. Although we go every day to a similar area to watch the whales we are often seeing new ones as the whales move around the coast, not just staying in one place. Today we spent time on all three tours with a beautiful calf that has lots of white spots on its body. We got nice looks at this young whale but the last tour of the day was particularly lucky as we saw this whale rolling around a lot on top of its Mum. It is so wonderful to see these close interactions between Mum and baby. I often wonder if the Mother whale loves this or if she gets a little bit tired of her large calf lying on top of her at times! On trip two we also got to see a young calf lob-tailing, when they hit the tail on the water.
Trip three was quite a lucky one today as when we went to investigate if we have many whales in the bay near Pearly Beach, another part of our permitted whale watching area, we got to see a mother whale breach (jump out of the water) twice, as well as another mother lifting her tail out a couple of times in a behaviour known as sailing.
On all three tours we got to see penguins, sometimes on the island in Sponge Bay and other tours on the water, and on trip one and three we got to see bronze whaler sharks at our brief stop next to Slashfin. As ever the cape fur seals were full of action, with some leaping out the water, males starting to jostle for space on the rock and we believe one female giving birth on the last tour!
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What species did we see today?
Southern Right Whale
Southern Right Whale
Southern right whales attract thousands of visitors every year to experience these gentle giants off the South African coast.