Another day, another amazing whale watching experience! We had a fabulous time at sea, enjoying the sun and the swell before tomorrow’s storm. We got a glimpse of our Marine Big 5 and really had an awesome time with a lone female whale over at Pearly Beach.
We started off the tour in search of our Humpback Dolphins, hoping that we’d get a couple of views of the baby if they were still in our bay. We were in luck, with us spotting the group on the way to Slashfin. The dolphins were sticking very close to shore, but we spent some time watching them ride the waves, waiting in anticipation for the animals to surface.
After doing some dolphin watching, we made our way towards the shark cage diving boats, waiting patiently for a chance to see one of these cartilaginous creatures pop up. Activity seemed to be quite slow, but we got a quick glimpse of a Copper Shark who came up to investigate the boat.
We then travelled over to Pearly Beach where we were lucky to spot the spout of a whale. This was a single Southern Right, who, on closer inspection looks to be a sub adult animal. She was a real beauty, with grey and white patches all over her back. These whales are generally identified using the patches on their heads, but she is definitely distinctive enough even without it.
When we first stopped, she was hanging out between the kelp but soon developed a keen interest in what we were doing. She slowly ambled over to the oat and spent the next 10 minutes giving us a show, moving right in front of the bow and then turning on her side to get a better look at us humans above the water. She seemed to be as taken with us as we were with her, and this made for memories that will last a lifetime.
We finished off our tour by cruising by our Cape Fur Seal colony and spotting some penguins on Dyer Island before making our way back to The Great White House for some piping hot soup.
What species did we see today?
Southern Right 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.
Bronze Whaler Shark Cape fur seal African Penguin