A Whale Wonderland, 11 October 2018.

What a breath taking day out on the ocean...

Written by Judith Scott, October 12 2018

A Whale Wonderland, 11 October 2018.

Guide Summary.

We started our first tour of the day launching from Gansbaai, and at Danger Point we had an incredible couple of minutes with humpback whales breaching out of the water. There were at least two mothers with their calves breaching and a couple of times there were double breaches, with both of them out at the same time. This was an incredibly lucky sight to see and very rare.  We were very lucky on this tour and also got to see southern right whale calves breaching also when we watched them in the shallow water.

On trip two we spent some quality time once again with the southern right whale mother and calves, getting to see the whales roll around and playfully interact. This tour also got some very nice close approaches by the southern right whales.

On trip three we suddenly had a big shift in weather with wind and rain, but this meant the southern right whales became very active with breaches and one calf doing repeated high lobtails very close to the boat. This looked so dramatic as the boat moved up and down in the waves. We also had one very close approach by a calf on this tour as this curious little whale came over to take a look at us bobbing on the waves!

All three trips also got to see the amazing cape fur seal colony on Geyser rock and the first and second trips got to see African penguins also.  However the whales today were certainly the major highlight.

Guide Photographs.

Southern right whale callosities

Double breaching mother and calf humpback whales

Double breaching mother and calf humpback whales

Very curious southern right whale calf checking us out

Double breaching mother and calf humpback whales

Humpback breaching behind a big swell

Southern right whale calf tail

Southern right whale calf lob-tailing

Southern right whale calf tail

Curious southern right whale calf

Southern right whale calf breach

Southern right whale calf breach

Southern right whale mother whale coming closer

Cape fur seals

Humpback calf breach

Cape fur seal high on a rock

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Judith Scott Guide

Judith has joined Dyer Island Cruises as a guide for the last couple of whale seasons. Having worked with whales across the world, she has an incredible breadth of knowledge to share with our guests.

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