The morning started off foggy but it soon cleared up through the hot morning sun. Just in time, to see some Humpback dolphins breaching at the back of some breaking waves. There was a bit of swell still coming through, so we couldn’t get too close, but still enjoyed some amazing sightings of this considered shy dolphin species having fun and doing some aerial antics! There were some large copper sharks around today, treating us with some excellent close encounters.
A lot more Giant Petrel are coming in from the Prince Edwards Island, which is about 1200 km away. It’s so amazing to think that every year they fly this distance to our Island, because it is pupping season of our Cape Fur seals. Nature will never stop to amaze us!
Thanks everyone for joining us on this exhilarating marine adventure with four of the Marine Big 5.
……a truly special sighting: a breaching Humpback dolphin
The Humpback dolphins were very playful today
African Penguins and Cape Cormorants resting on Dyer Island
Can you spot the two penguins who popped by on Geyser rock?
Southern Giant Petrel
Did you know that Giant Petrels hava a wing span of up to 2.1 metres?
We also came across Dyer Island Trust’s dedicated research vessel. LWAZI is Xosa and means knowledge.
Our Coppers sharks shimmering in the water
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.
Bronze Whaler Shark Cape fur seal African Penguin Cape Cormorant