Daily Trip 28 May 2017

We couldn’t go out to sea for a few days due to bad weather, but it was even more exciting today to be back on the boat and experience the beautiful nature...

Written by Sandra Hoerbst, May 28 2017

Daily Trip 28 May 2017

Guide Summary and Photographs

We couldn’t go out to sea for a few days due to bad weather, but it was even more exciting today to be back on the boat and experience the beautiful nature.

On our first trip, our first encounter was a juvenile African penguin having a rest at the surface curiously looking at the big boat passing him. Closer to Dyer Island we got surprised by a pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins. The pod of about 30 individuals was milling around our vessel Dream Catcher. After a few minutes watching some decided to be a bit more active and were leaping out of the water. As the dolphins slowly moved off we also continued our tour towards the island and into Shark Alley. Most of the Cape Fur seals were lazy today and just lying on the 3 hectare island. However, we continued the journey after plenty of time in the Alley towards Danger Point and further to Gansbaai harbour.

On our second trip we launched from Gansbaai due to low tide and slowly made our way around the Birkenhead rock of Danger Point. While cruising along our route we came across thousands of Cape cormorants, some Cape gannets, Swift terns and a few shearwaters gliding in between. Further around, halfway to the islands, Kira spotted a sunfish in the water. It has been a while since we saw the last Mola mola in the bay and this one was definitely impressive to see. It was huge, 2 meter across, they definitely deserve to be called ‘largest bony fish’. Also on this trip we passed the Cape Fur seals colony and had a look out for the African penguin.

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