A whale of a day, 11 October 2019

Written by October 11 2019

A whale of a day, 11 October 2019

After two days on land we were all excited to return to the ocean today. It was a really nice day, with great conditions to encounter our marine species in the Dyer Island ecosystem. Throughout the day we had at least 10 Southern right whales around to see, with one pair being close to Kleinbaai and the others further along the coastline off Pearly Beach. One highlight was seeing a brindle Southern right whale, which is a rare white colour form that can be seen in only 4% of all Southern right whales. We also got to see some breaching behaviour, with some of these leaps out of the water being near our boat. One one trip we got to see a very playful juvenile rolling around in the waves and coming with its head up and mouth open. On another trip a curious adult approached our boat. Everyone had a whale of a time aboard with us today, regardless of which trip they were on. Some of us were lucky to see some endangered Indian Ocean humpback dolphins, while others got to see our endangered African penguins. To round off our sightings, we all got to see Cape fur seals and sharks today, so it was a great day all around aboard our boat Dream Catcher.

Photos from today

A very big Southern right whale

Southern right whale tail

Southern right whale head

A playful Southern right whale

Southern right whale opening its mouth

Southern right whale with its mouth open

Brindle Southern whale

Brindle Southern right whale

Southern right whale approaching us

Breaching Southern right whale

Breaching Southern right whale

Indian Ocean humpback dolphin

Great white shark with Slashfin

Bronze whaler shark

Cape fur seal

African penguin

Bank cormorant

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