It was a beautiful day out on the Atlantic, with us managing 4 out of Marine Big 5! The swell has dropped quite a bit from yesterday, and we were able to have a lovely cruise around the bay with a couple of interesting sights. Our first animal of the day was a Copper Shark who took quite the fancy to our boat. As we stopped and waited in The Shallows for a shark to appear at our sister company, we had one of these curious animal’s swim below us, with a beautiful silhouette giving away her presence. We watched as the shark circled again and again before we decided to take off and visit Dyer Island.
At the island, we spotted some beautiful Night Light Jellyfish in the water. These jellies have been more abundant this year than what we’ve seen in previous years, and we think that this may be linked to algae blooms. We also got to spot some African Penguins sitting on the island, in between the guano covered rocks.
Pinnipeds were our next port of call, with us making our way towards our booming colony of Cape Fur Seals. There were a fair amount of pups playing in the water and we watched as they went about their day. We also had lots of sleepy seals on the island who seemed to really be enjoying the sun.
Once we’d had our fill, we set out into the open ocean ,looking for any signs of life. It did not take too long for Kira’s eagle Eyes to find us the spot of a whale, and we spent the next 20 minutes enjoying our time with a very relaxed Brydes Whale. This beauty travelled right next to the boat and gave us some really awesome views. Brydes are the most elusive whale we have around, so we always feel really privileged when we’re able to share such as close encounter with them.
On our way back into Kleinbaai Harbour, we spotted 2 little African Penguins in the water doing some fishing. Finishing off our tour with a braying penguin and a feeling of contentment.