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.