Today’s trip started off on a real high note, with a Southern Right Whale circling the boat just outside the harbour. We set out bright and early at 9am, only travelling about 5 minutes before coming across a very curious Right Whale. This was a sub adult animal and a very inquisitive one at that.
The sighting started off with the whale spy hopping, having a look at us from a distance before deciding that we were worth a closer inspection. As the whale came closer, we put the boat in neutral, which is how it remained for the rest of the sighting as this whale couldn’t seem to get enough of us.
The whale began to circle the boat, checking us out from the sides before diving below us and surfacing on the other side. This baleen beauty left us awe struck, and with great visibility, we were able to enjoy watching this whale whether it was below the surface or above. We moved from side to side, guided by the surfacing action of this whale. This young animal is a new arrival to the bay, and has a white patch on its lower back that looks a lot like a butterfly we really hope to see more of this little show stopper soon!
After doing some incredible whale watching, we moved over to the shark cage diving boats where we had some fun watching a very active Great White Shark thrill our cage divers. After a bit of a wait, the shark appeared and we watched it surface again and again before making our way to Dyer Island.
Here, we had 4 African Penguins doing some waddling, so we took a stop to see what they were up to. Penguins have a habit of always looking a little mischievous on these strolls, but it seems as though they were up to no trouble, simply making their way down to the water. We stopped at their fluffy neighbors next, taking in the sights, smells and sounds of Geyser Rock and our 60 000 strong Cape Fur Seal colony.
The last leg of the tour saw us venturing behind Dyer Island where we found 2 Humpback Whales to travel with. We moved along with these animals, watching a variety of pelagic seabird species come out to play too. Shy and Yellow-nosed Albatross could be seen soaring whilst Sooty Shearwaters and White Chinned Petrels skimmed the surface of the water. Once we’d gotten a few good views of the Humpback Whales, we decided to head back into the harbour.