We had a Marine Big 4 kind of day, missing out on our Southern Right Whales, although we were treated to a variety of other beautiful species. It was a picture perfect day to be out and about in the bay, and it seems as though the animals agreed! We were out the harbour for no more than 5 minutes before catching up with our first animal species, which was none other than the most endangered of all the dolphins along the coast.
Just outside of the harbour, we spotted some Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins, which looked to be Claw and her calf, as well as another adult dolphin. These Humpback Dolphins are known to have a fairly large range, so its always lovely to catch up with a few of them, and with today’s crystal-clear water, we were even able to see them under the surface. After spending some time watching and waiting for them to surface, we decided that we’d move on to something fishy, heading onwards to Slashfin where we had some Copper Sharks pop up to say hi. We got some great views, even getting to see one playful shark investigate a loose buoy before our expert crew swiftly scooped it out the water. This little shark looked a bit like a puppy playing with a toy and was a highlight of the tour.
We then crossed The Clyde and scanned the whole of Pearly Beach for some wildlife, we came across a couple of rafts of African Penguins and spent a bit of time trying to photograph these little torpedoes in tuxedos. After checking out Pearly, we made our way back towards the island through deeper water and then took a stop at Geyser Rock where the number of seal pups is growing everyday. We watched as the little ones scampered and cruised by the buzzing colony a few times before doing some more searching towards Danger Point, and then heading back into port after a stunning few hours at sea.
What species did we see today?
Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin
Humpback dolphins are an endangered species, with small populations living very close to shore, typically in water less than 25m deep and an average home range of 120km. Their proximity to land makes these animals particularly vulnerable to human influence.