Brindles In The Bay, 01 November 2018

We had a Brindle baby whale and some Bottlenose Dolphins in the bay today....

Written by Jax Bath, November 2 2018

Brindles In The Bay, 01 November 2018

Guide Summary.

We certainly had an eventful day in our bay, spotting some wonderful species and catching up with some beautiful whales. We were also treated to the sight of Copper Sharks on all of  our tours and found some lovely African Penguins on most of them. The swell has dropped from yesterday and with just a bit of wind, we had a lovely time out on the ocean.

The first tour of the day started their trip with some Southern Right Whales straight out of Kleinbaai harbor, with a mom and baby slowly travelling us by. We spent a few moments here before cruising along the shoreline where we were treated to a real surprise. We had a large pod of Bottlenose Dolphins make their way through our bay, which is super special because we don’t get to see these dolphins all too often, we had some young ones in this group too, which was lovely to see, and we spent the next while with the dolphins bow riding next to our boat. There are few things in this world that generate quite as much excitement, and after seeing our fair share of these gorgeous toothed whales, we made our way to the shallows for some more whale watching. We went on to see the Marine Big 5 on this tour, spotting sharks, penguins and of course our Cape Fur Seals.

We began our next tour of the day over at Slashfin to catch up with some Copper Sharks, we were in luck when we pulled up and got a few views of these pretty predators before heading off to find a Southern Right Whale or two. We were fortunate enough to catch up with a beautiful brindle baby who seemed to be having a whale of a time rolling around on his back! We parked our boat and let the scene unfold as this baby played and played right next to us, we even got to see him put some kelp on his bonnet. After some 5 star whale watching, we moved on to shark alley to spend time with our equally playful pinnipeds.

Trip 3 began over at the shark cage diving boats where we had a Copper Shark or two pop up. These are really an awesome species of shark to watch, with them being curious by nature. Once we had seen them come up, we began our search for the whales although we did not have to look too far. We had a few pairs around in the bay, so we cruised to the area we spotted our first blow. On the way, we spotted a beautiful brindle baby doing some lobtailing, so naturally, we changed our course and head straight towards this spectacle. After watching in absolute awe, we finished off our day with some African Penguins and Cape Fur Seals.

 

 

Guide Photographs.

Brindle southern right whale calf tail

Brindle southern right whale calf lobtail

Southern right whale mother and brindle calf in South African landscape

Brindle southern right whale calf pec slap

Southern right whale calf pec slapping

Southern right whale mother with her brindle calf

African penguins

Bronze whaler shark

Brindle southern right whale calf

Bronze whaler shark

African penguins

Cape fur seals

Waves breaking over geyser rock

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seal

A mother southern right whale head

southern right whale calf and Mum

Southern right whale calf tail

Brindle southern right whale calf with Mum and more whales behind!

Brindle southern right whale calf with Mum

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphin calf

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins approach

Southern right whale

Southern right whale V shaped blow

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Jax Bath Guide

Jax has been guiding for Dyer Island Cruises since 2015, quickly becoming famous for the excitable shouts coming from her direction every time we see incredible wildlife (which is often!).

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