We had an exciting tour through our bay today, getting super lucky with all we got to see. One of the highlights of our tour had to be a sighting of 4 Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins, including a calf travelling with its mom. We found these dolphins travelling close to the breakers, and were thrilled to have so many about.
We spent some time moving with them, watching as they went into the waves before retreating towards deeper water once more. We got a few very close passes, with the dolphins moving below the boat at times. When the little dolphins are born, they are already just under half the size of the mother, and will spent the first several months of their life by her side.
Once we had gotten some great photos, we move onwards towards Slashfin to check out what the Copper Sharks were up to. Active as ever, we got to see these predators lunge up in front of the boat. We watched through the crystal clear water as they would approach, surfacing gently as they investigated the front of our vessels.
We then made our way into Sponge Bay, where the African Penguins were super easy to spot on the skyline of the island. We had lots of penguins sitting on top of the boulders and resting in the midday sun, so we spent a few moments here observing, before we made a b-line for Shark Alley. We had lots of Cape Fur Seals fooling around in the water, and thousands more on the island with most of our pups sitting just above the waterline. We cruised by them a few times, watching as the individuals carried on much like domestic Labradors as they went about their day. We then made our way back to Kleinbaai harbor.
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.
African Penguin Cape fur seal