The whales and dolphins were out and about today, with 2 baleens species and a very special sighting of our Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins. We started our tour by heading towards Danger Point to have a look out for some Humpback Whales, moving past the point and then making our way through the deep towards Dyer Island. We had plenty of pelagic seabirds in the area which gave away the presence of fish moving through the bay.
The fish attracted a slightly bigger visitor too, with us catching sight of a Brydes Whale. This whale was fairly sporadic, but we were able to get some great views of him, especially when he seemed to come towards us. We also got to see him put just a bit of his tail out the water, which was a super strange occurrence. The photo can be seen below where the whale looks almost like he’s avoiding something below him by lifting his body up.
We got lucky and found some Humpback Whales next, which is always a great find. We had two whales travelling along, with one whale doing some lobtailing as they surfaced. This is always and impressive sight and can be a form of communication. We moved parallel to the whales and moved with them for a while before deciding to take a stop over at Geyser Rock. On the way, we spotted two African Penguins bobbing about in the water.
The seals were enjoying the surf as we pulled into Shark Alley, with some surge coming in, the seals caught the waves in spectacular fashion before carrying on with their day. We watched as they frolicked and played before going into Sponge Bay where we tried to spot a couple more African Penguins.
Our last spot of the day was certainly a highlight, with a new member of our endangered Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin family. This little guy was travelling very close to mom and another dolphin, but we managed to get a few good looks at this cutie. On his body, some lines that we call fetal folds which indicate that the calf is still very young.
What species did we see today?
Humpback Whale Brydes Whale Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin
Humpback dolphins are an endangered species, with small populations living very close to shore, typically in water less than 25m deep and an average home range of 120km. Their proximity to land makes these animals particularly vulnerable to human influence.
Cape fur seal