A Splendid Day Out On The Ocean With Many Different Species, 23 June 2019

Whales, Albatross, Sunfish, Sharks, Rays and more...

Written by Jax Bath, June 24 2019

A Splendid Day Out On The Ocean With Many Different Species, 23 June 2019

Guide Summary.

We had quite the day out at sea, with an incredible species count! We got to see 2 different species of whale, two different species of shark and a ray, a Sunfish and a penguin, seals, jellies and a few pelagic seabird species. We set out at around 10:30 onto a beautiful ocean and made our way towards Danger Point to see whale magic we could find.

The haze over the land made for a picturesque setting and it wasn’t too long before we got to spotting our first birds. We had a Shy Albatross, a White Chinned Petrel and some Sooty Shearwaters about, and whilst watching them, Kira also spotted the spout of a whale. As we approached, we discovered that it was in fact two Humpback Whales that we spent the next while following. These whales were on a mission taking long dives and heading east where they will find their breeding grounds.

Luckily for us, when the whales were down we were entertained by a host of other species. The albatross came right up to us, as did a Sunfish who was tottering along looking for food. These fish are unusual in almost every aspect, and we can go months without seeing them so a sighting is always special. The Sunfish was likely preying on the abundance of Night Light Jellyfish and Blue Bottles who had been blown in after the storm.  Here, we also had a little African Penguin relaxing and giving himself a bath. This bird seemed to quite like us, popping up meters from the boat and giving us all a great view of his newly pruned feathers.

On our way to our Island systems, we also spotted a Brydes Whale who came up twice before taking a deep dive. Geyser Rock was our next port of call where we watched our Cape Fur Seals go about their daily activities. Most of our seals had opted to have a lay in whilst a few braved the cold waters of the Atlantic for some Sunday funday antics. We then cruised through The Clyde Reef System and onto Slashfin where we had a Short Tailed Sting ray come up again and again. We also had two Copper Sharks hanging out at the back of the boat and at the very last minute, a Great White to steal the show.

Today's Best Photographs.

We started off our trip with some Shy Albatross.

Albatross have t be among the most magnificent of birds, with a wingspan of over 2m.

The head of a Sunfish as it moved by to try and find a jelly to eat.

We happened upon 2 Humpback Whales making their way east.

We had the whales give us a couple of closer passes, here you can see the Humpback just as it surfaces.

Its very normal to find only one or two animals travelling together.

The whale with a nice backdrop of the mountains.

We had tons of Night Light Jellyfish and Blue Bottles in the bay, most likely brought in by the storm.

The Night Light Jellyfish is a beautiful species known for swarming.

A little penguin having a bath.

The little bird was super relaxed, coming right up to the boat.

This seal doesn’t look too thrilled with life.

This seal looks decidedly perkier.

Having some fun in the sun.

A cheeky little seal trying to see what we’re up to.

We had this Short Tailed Stingray hang out the entire time we were at the cage diving boats.

We had amazing diversity around the shark cage diving boats.

You can see how they get their name, with their gorgeous golden skin.

Enjoying a view of the sharks and rays.

We finished off our trip with this feisty Great White.

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Jax Bath Guide

Jax has been guiding for Dyer Island Cruises since 2015, quickly becoming famous for the excitable shouts coming from her direction every time we see incredible wildlife (which is often!).

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