A Wonderful Day Of Whales,31 October 2018

We had 4 awesome trips out at sea....

Written by Jax Bath, November 1 2018

A Wonderful Day Of Whales,31 October 2018

Guide Summary.

After yesterday’s stormy weather, we eager to get out and find some animals so we scheduled our fist trip at 8am and had some coffee before to take the chill out of the morning. The swell was busy dropping, but our ride out of the harbour was definitely an adventurous one as we navigated our narrow channel to head into deeper water. Although we had some swell running, the wind had died down completely which made for a gorgeous day. We had 4 trips, so we cruised around the bay on each one, spotting whales and seeing whale else we could find making it’s way through the Atlantic ocean.

While we travelled, we also spotted some large rafts of kelp which had all come together from the previous day’s storm. Kelp has no roots and attaches to the bottom of the ocean via a holdfast, so the swell had evidently removed many specimens from the bottom of our rocky reefs, and when they all came together it was very easy to confuse them with our Southern Right Whales.

Speaking of, we had some spectacular whale sightings today, spotting some whales with awesome markings and having lots and lots of moms and babies in the bay. We’ve still got ton of Southern Right Whales around and we moved through the different groups to check out what they were up to. We got to see some babies playing next to their moms, learning what we believe are skills to be taken with back to sub Antarctica. One of these skills is breaching and we were fortunate enough to have 2 claves strut their stuff, really showing off and giving us some spectacular breaches as they launched their full bodies out the water, returning moments later with a large splash. We also had some nice and close approaches from some curious whales.

We got to sight some other cool animals too, spotting an Ocean Sunfish on our first tour of the day. These strange looking bony fish eat lots of Jellyfish and are a strange but wonderful sight to take in. we also got to see some fish of a different type, spotting  some Copper Sharks over at Slashfin. We had some African Penguins on a few of our tours, but we did not head to shark alley today due to some strong surges behind the island. In our bay, we are protected by Dyer Island and The Clyde Reef System, so we had a smooth ride to the island to check it out before returning home each time.

Guide Photographs.

Dyer Island

Southern right whale calf

Bronze whaler shark

Breaching southern right whale calf

Dyer Island

Southern right whale calf lying on Mum!

Breaching southern right whale calf

Breaching southern right whale calf

A close encounter!

southern right whale Mum and calf

Southern right whale Mum and calf

southern right whale Mum and calf

African penguins

A brindle southern right whale calf with Mum

Brindle southern right whale calf with mother whale head out

Close look at the brindle southern right whale calf

There was a lot of lose kelp in the water after the storm yesterday

southern right whale calf playing in kelp!

Southern right whale mother with Danger Point lighthouse

Bronze whaler shark

Bronze whaler shark

Bronze whaler shark

Breaching southern right whale calf

Breaching southern right whale calf

Breaching southern right whale calf with Danger Point

Danger Point lighthouse in the swell!

southern right whale calf

southern right whale calf with Mum off Kleinbaai

African penguins

An ocean sunfish or mola mola

southern right whale mum

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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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