With a touch of wind, we set out today into the bay in the hopes of spotting some of the area’s most fascinating creatures, launching from Kleinbaai and hugging the coast. We passed the suburb of Franskraal and then took our daily stop in front of the Uilenkraalsmond estuary to do a reading of the temperature and oxygen levels of the ocean.
After doing a bit of research. We moved along the sandy beaches of Die Grys and took in the stunning views of turquoise water against the white dunes and moody sky. We then cruised into the shallows to see if our sister company, Marine Dynamics, was having any luck with their shark sightings. Once we arrived, we saw that they had gotten incredibly lucky, with some beautiful Copper Sharks, which are also known as Bronze Whalers, around the boat. We stuck around here for a while and were treated to an awesome surprise when a Copper Shark breached out the water in front of us! We also got to see a seal catch a fish here, so all in all it was a really action packed stop.
We moved on to Pearly beach next, making our way over The Clyde and picking up some kelp along the way to talk about the uses for the plant, both within the water and when it is harvested by us. We then did a long loop, patrolling the open ocean for a cetacean or two before we made our way into world famous waters. These would be the waters of Shark Alley, where 60 000 Cape Fur Seals can be seen living. The seals are always a highlight, and we got super nice and close to hospital rock before cruising by the main island.
We also took a stop in Sponge Bay to find some African Penguins. The birds were sitting just above the waterline and we were given some nice views of them before we head out the area.