It was another perfect day to be on the ocean with some beautiful sightings of our favourite species. Its not everyday that we get to see two different species of Dolphin on our tours, but this is how we started our trip today. About half way to the shark cage diving boats, we found a lone dolphin doing some surfing. This was a Bottlenose Dolphin, which might seem a bit strange, as they are famous for their social way of life. This is, however, not the first time we’ve had a lonesome Bottlenose in our bay, with us occasionally having these lone rangers passing through.
The Humpback Dolphin is better known for their solitary ways, and this was our second animal for the day. Dolphin number 20 paid us a visit today, and we got a few nice views of this distinctive looking dolphin before making our way into Jouberts dam, where the shark cage diving boats lay anchored. With some patience, we were rewarded with the sight of some active Bronze Whaler Sharks at one of the cage diving vessels, with us enjoying some views of these Coppery Creatures.
On this tour, we also got to watch as an African penguin gave itself a bath, lifting his flippers and making sure that his feathers were squeaky clean. We spent some time watching this before spotting some more penguins on the bird paradise of Dyer Island.
Next, a Visit to our pinnipeds was in order, so we cruised into Shark Alley to go and watch some seals. These animals are both highly intelligent and clumsy at the same time, which always makes for a fascinating sight as they try to navigate their daily lives. After enjoying the company of our seals, we made a loop around the island into deeper waters, to see if there was any more life to be found. We caught up with some diving birds before deciding it best to make our way into Kleinbaai Harbour.