Today was a fantastic day to be out on the ocean with lots of sunshine and salty sea air. After our safety briefing, we set our for the ocean in high spirits, eager to see what we might find. We stayed shallow for the first bit of our tour, making an effort to catch up with South Africa’s rarest coastal cetacean.
In the vicinity of the shark cage diving boats, we came across two very curios Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins. We had seen these two dolphins yesterday too, although yesterday’s group was a slightly larger pod. It looks as though these two had stayed behind, enjoying some hunting along the rocky reefs in The Shallows. We had an incredible time watching them, with the dolphins staying right next to us all the while.
After trying to leave the dolphins and having them follow us, we decided that we would take a stop by Slashfin to see what sharks we had around today. We were in luck, with a beautiful Great White Shark appearing in front of one of the other boats. We waited patiently for a couple of good views of this iconic predator before making our way onwards towards our reef systems.
Dyer Island was the next port of call, where we went in for a closer look at our endangered African Penguins. We’ve got a few penguins sitting on their nests at the moment, which has made locating them fairly easy as of late. Despite this, it is hard to believe that one did not have to search at all only 40 years ago when the island was covered in penguins.
Following this, we moved into Shark Alley to see how our ocean Labradors were getting on. All the seals seemed in good order and were as cute and clumsy as ever, so after watching them, we made our way into deeper water. Here, we hit the jackpot, with a sighting of a Brydes Whale nice and close to our boat. We also got a sighting of a Shy Albatross in the deep before making our way back into Kleinbaai harbor.
Today's Best Captures.
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.
Great white sharks Brydes Whale Cape fur seal African Penguin