25 March 2017

3 Brydes Whales and an empty island...

Written by Jax, March 25 2017

25 March 2017

Guide Summary and Photographs

We were few in numbers on the boat today with only 6 clients, giving us ample space to move around on Dream Catcher, which comfortably seats 50 passengers. We followed our favourite route from the harbour, stopping at Uilenkraalsmond to point out the estuary and its importance whilst we did a YSI reading to check the underwater conditions in the bay.

As we cruised along the shallows towards the shark cage diving vessels, we admired the pristine beach before finding a free swimming Great White Shark in the shallows, this is always awesome to find as one gets to see them for what they are, majestic and generally relaxed creatures. These sharks undertake large migrations and only visit us in the bay for a short while before hitting the road again.

Next up we made our way towards Dyer Island. The Cape Cormorants were busy leaving the island, and one can’t help but wonder what, in the deep sea, is luring them out there. This left the island pretty barren as it is usually covered in these little back feathery friends.

Geyser Rock is still looking quite full although there were not too many seals in the water today. We have an estimated 60 000 Cape Fur Seals living on this 3 hectare island. The island is also home to several pairs of endangered Bank Cormorants.

We also managed to spot 3 Brydes Whales and a couple of African Penguins later on in the trip which is always great. Both species are pretty boat shy, so we feel pretty special when the animals stick around long enough for us to get a couple of good views.

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