we were certainly very lucky today, catching up with 4 of the Marine Big 5 including a Great White Shark. Our trip started off in shallow water, with us making our away through the bay hoping to find some dolphins. We had a new arrival in the bay today, with Fingers, one of our iconic Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins. Fingers gets his name from the shape of his dorsal fin, and it is always lovely to see an old friend.
Once this dolphin disappeared, we made our way over to our sister company, Marine Dynamics where we were really spoiled. We started off with a slighting of A Copper Shark, who had some fun interacting with the boat. After only a few minutes of watching this beautiful species, we heard their crew call “Great White” and were elated to see a gorgeous White Shark appear in front of the boat, lunging in for the bait and showing off its dorsal fin. Alfred, our bait handler, expertly guided the shark next to the cage where divers were eagerly waiting for an underwater view. After all this excitement, we carried on with our tour.
An African Penguin was our next find, with this little gem coming right up to our boat to the joy of all. Seeing penguins in the water is always a treat, because their black and white colouration makes them easy to spot in the blue water. We went on to see a few more Penguins on Dyer Island before making our way out of Sponge Bay and into the sharky waters between Geyser Rock and Dyer. The seals seemed unperturbed by the thought of sharks, with hundreds of our pinnipeds enjoying the waters of the Atlantic. We had lots of surfing seals and some general tomfoolery in the water, which made for an enjoyable stop. We finished off our tour with a cruise through deeper water to see what else we could find before heading home.