A Marine Big 5 day, 04 September 2019

Today we encountered the Marine Big 5!

Written by September 4 2019

A Marine Big 5 day, 04 September 2019

We had a fantastic Marine Big 5 trip in the Dyer Island ecosystem today. The conditions were great for spotting wildlife, and it didn’t take us long after launching to find our first species. A group of bottlenose dolphins was close to land, just inshore from Dyer Island. It was a group of about 20 individuals, including at least 3 calves that we could count. They were travelling together in a tight group and were a real treat to see, especially because we hadn’t seen this species for several weeks. Our next Marine Big 5 member was the Southern right whale, just a bit offshore from Pearly beach. We encountered two individuals that were calmly laying at the surface and rolling around in the swell. Towards the end of this whale encounter we were even lucky that the whales decided to approach us do a bit of people watching. Next we headed towards the area of Dyer Island where we encountered Cape fur seals on Geyser rock, and on the other side of shark alley we saw some African penguins huddled together on Dyer Island. Finally, we went inshore towards the shallows where our sister company’s shark cage diving boat was operating. Here we were lucky to see four bronze whaler sharks, and some of us even got a glimpse of the shadow of a great white shark gliding past our boat.

Photos from the tour

Watching bottlenose dolphins

Watching bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins – mother and calf

Two Southern right whales

Southern right whale surfacing on top of a wave

A curious Southern right whale approaching

Southern right whale head

Cape fur seals and Bank cormorants

A big male Cape fur seal in the middle of the colony

African penguins on Dyer Island

Bronze whaler sharks with Slashfin

Arriving back into Kleinbaai harbour

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