Today’s trip was a fantastic one, with a little Humpback Whale stealing the show just off Danger Point. After a few days off sea, we set out today from Gansbaai harbour and made our way around the point and into our bay in search of a whale or two. The swell was still rolling in, left over from the stormy weather that’s kept us landbound, so we had an adventurous ride out .
Whilst enjoying the surf, we spotted the spout of a single Humpback Whale who was slowly travelling along. We caught a couple of sights of this lone ranger before spotting some splashing a little closer to shore. We decided to go in for a closer look, to see what all the fuss was about.
In between the swell, we found a little Humpback Whale slapping its tail against the water, with mom by his side. We kept our distance, moving parallel to this very special pair to get a few views of this baby doing some practicing. After a while, he decided that he’d had enough lobtailing, so they began to travel along, surfacing together and displaying the strong bond between mother and calf.
Mom seemed relaxed, moving slowly along whilst keeping baby on the opposite side of her giant body. Baby seems to have already developed a curiosity for the world and the drive to see it, because it did not take too long for this little one to start breaching away! Often, when whales breach, they keep their eyes closed but in many of the photos you see below, baby has his eyes open. If whales want to check things out, they tend to spy hop to get a better view above the water, but I am fairly sure that this baby was also trying to figure things out whilst showing off and practicing his breaching.
We tend to find that the younger whales are very inquisitive by nature, inspecting objects that capture their attention in an attempt to better understand their underwater world. We could have watched this little guy all day, as he seemed just as enthralled by us as we were by him, but after getting such lovely views, we decided to let him and mom carry on with their travels.
After a spectacular time watching whales and catching some views of an African Penguin or two as well as a few Cape Fur Seals, we made our way back into Klienbaai Harbour after a once in a lifetime type of tour.