We had a wet and wonderful ride through our bay this morning, cruising around with a south easterly wind blowing and making sure that we all got a little bit of a shower. Despite the weather being a little moody, we were all in high spirits as we set out in the hopes of seeing our Marine Big 5, doing pretty well and spotting 4 out of the 5 in our 2 hour trip.
Our first stop of the day was over in Uilenkraalsmond where we had a look around the estuary before making our way towards Die Grys. Whilst travelling above the area’s extensive reef system, we encountered one of our favorite animals, the Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin. After doing a bit of waiting after our first sighting of them, these unique creatures popped up right next to the boat, coming up and giving us some great views as we worked between the swell.
Once we had spent some time with our rarest coastal cetacean, we moved on towards Joubert’s Dam where the shark cage diving boats lay anchored. Shark sightings are still absolutely fantastic at the moment, with Copper Sharks of all shades and sizes, we had lots of fun watching these misunderstood predators come up, showing off their dorsal fins as they let their curiosity get the best of them.
We then decided to travel along to the Island Systems, where we all got a bit wet and had tons of fun as we made our way into the world famous waters of Shark Alley to do some Cape Fur Seal watching over at Geyser Rock. We’ve just finished up with breeding season, so the big males are staring to make their way back into the deep sea while the pups are growing at the speed of light, it’s not too long now before these gorgeous babies will brave the cold Atlantic and take on the world. Whilst watching our pups, we also spotted an African Penguin who has been hanging out on Geyser Rock for the last week or so.
After our time here we took a quick stop on the other side of Dyer Island to take a look at this important birding area before heading off back to the harbor.