7 March 2016

All things bright and unusual.

Written by Jax, March 7 2016

7 March 2016

Guide Summary and Photographs

Today, our sightings were as awesome and varied as the weather! We set off in the middle of the day, when the weather had taken a turn for the better.  Just off shore, we were greeted with the sight of hundreds of birds who were taking advantage of what seemed to be a large school of fish. Shortly after this, we spotted a large Sunfish and were lucky enough to watch it catch not one – but two- jelly fish! After hugging the coast for a while we spotted some Humpback dolphins, one of which had a young calf. We were incredibly lucky to have them come within close proximity to the boat and we were able to watch them frolic behind the breakers for quite a while before they moved off. Following this, we made our way to the shark boats where we spotted little Rosie, a frequent visitor to the bay. We stuck around for a while and enjoyed watching her and another, equally curious, shark investigate the bait. During this time, a sting ray also appeared next to Slashfin, our shark cage diving vessel.  On the way to the island we spotted some Cape Gannets, African penguins and a Giant Petrel. We watched in awe as the Petrel gracefully skimmed the water in front of us. Once at the island, we were given the most awesome surprise! A couple of days back an elephant seal was spotted close to Geyser Rock. These large, adorable creatures are not endemic to the area and so it is pretty rare to see them around. Today, Thandu, one of our boat crew, spotted her again. She lay basking in the sun as our endemic seal species paled in comparison. Females of this species can grow to about 3m long and weigh around 910Kg, this is almost 3 times that of our male Cape Fur seals! After an exciting couple of minutes we left the island and made our way back to shore. Our trip ended off perfectly with another Humpback dolphin sighting.

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