A gathering of whales, 06 October 2019

Written by October 6 2019

A gathering of whales, 06 October 2019

The Southern right whales gathered in numbers today and we got to see some really nice activity and interactions from the whales. At one point we counted at least 12 whales together in a small area, rolling around in the waves and giving us some really great looks. Among the group we instantly recognised an individual with a bit white mark on its back. We have seen this whale many times over the past few weeks, and we have even noticed an increase in size of this juvenile. This partially white whale was very active on one of our trips, and gave us some amazing breaching displays and close contact with its mother. A second whale species, a juvenile humpback whale that has been hanging around Dyer Island was seen at the end of the day, and early in the morning we encountered some bottlenose dolphins close to shore. although their close proximity to shore wasn’t ideal for photo opportunities, it was nice to see these dolphins playing in the surf close to the beach. We also got to see some endangered Indian Ocean humpback dolphins later in the day, so we were able to give a Marine Big 5 experience to many of our guests onboard today. As for other species, we encountered a large Great white shark in the morning, Bronze whaler sharks throughout the rest of the day, African penguins and a lot of Cape fur seals on Geyser rock.

Photos from today

Southern right whale breaching on the early morning tour

Watching Southern right whales

Southern right whale head covered in callosities

Southern right whale tail

A very white whale we have come to know well

The head of the very white whale

Close contact with mum

The very white whale breaching

Breaching with the flippers sticking out


Waving goodbye

Indian Ocean humpback dolphin

Indian Ocean humpback dolphin with a mark on its back

Great white shark fin

African penguins on Dyer Island

Cape fur seals on Geyser rock

A huge raft of Cape cormorants

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