What a wonderful day on the ocean! We had 3 very different tours, each with some very special encounters. We were able to find migrating Humpback Whales on all of our tours, spotting Great White Sharks, African Penguins and Cape Fur Seals too. We had a little swell running in the morning, which dropped down throughout the day.
Our first tour launched at 9 am and set our towards Pearly Beach to see if we could find any baleen beauties in this area. We cruised along shore, crossing The Clyde and then making our way into deeper waters when The Shallows yielded no results. In the deep, we had some African Penguins pop up as Albatross flew overhead, indicating the presence of fish. Whilst watching the penguins, we spotted a few blows in the distance, which really got us quite excited. We made our way into that area, spotting many footprints and around 5 Humpback Whales, which is not all too common for us here. We spent the next twenty minutes watching these gentle giants surface between the swells. It appeared to be a few males escorting a female, with the males gilding along in the water. We then stopped by our Cape Fur Seals and Slashfin before making our way to Gansbaai Harbour.
We launched our second trip here due to spring tide, making our way around Danger Point and spotting 2 Humpback Whales moving along. We stayed with them for a while before heading off. On our way to Dyer Island, we spotted hundreds of seabirds, indicating some schooling fish moving through the area. We stuck around and sure enough, spotted a Brydes Whale! This whale was fantastic to watch, moving parallel to us before surfacing just a few meters off. Here, we also spotted a few penguins in the water before heading in the direction of our seals. The highlight here was finding an animal with a tag, that we’re yet to find the scientists who are studying this little guy. We then finished off our tour with a stop in The Shallows where we got a quick look at a Great White Shark.
Our final tour of the day was an exclusive tour, who managed to spot all 3 of our big baleen species!