A breaching brindle baby, 13 October 2019

Written by October 13 2019

A breaching brindle baby, 13 October 2019

Today we encountered at least 12 different Southern right whales. They were all mother and juvenile pairs, as we have been observing for all our Southern right whale sightings recently. During our tours we moved around between these different pairs and got some very nice encounters. One of these pairs was a mostly dark female with some variable grey spotting on her back who has a brindle baby. A brindle Southern right whale is a mostly white individual, with some black spots. This is a rare colour form that is present at birth in only about 4% of all Southern right whales. So it was a real treat to encounter this white whale twice today and even see it leaping out of the water several times the second time we saw it. We also had two lucky encounters with our endangered Indian Ocean humpback dolphins today. It was a group of 5 or 6 individuals and included a calf which we got to see very well. Another out of the ordinary encounter we had on our last trip today was with a Cape fur seal that was feeding on a smooth hound shark. It goes to show that sharks are not the only top predators in the oceans. To top off our sightings today we also encountered Bronze whaler sharks, the seals on Geyser rock and plenty of different seabird species.

Photos from today

Indian Ocean humpback dolphins

Indian Ocean humpback dolphins

Southern right whale close to shore

Southern right whale playing in the surf zone

Southern right whale opening its mouth

Southern right whales

Mother (dark) and brindle (white) Southern right whales

Brindle Southern right whale breaching

Brindle Southern right whale breaching

Brindle Southern right whale breaching

A Cape fur seal feeding on a smooth hound shark

Cape fur seals on Geyser rock

A little egret hanging out with the Cape fur seals

Cape cormorants

Bronze whaler shark

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