Its been a few of days now since we last caught up with some whales, but we are managing 3 of the Marine Big 5 on every tour, with some awesome sightings of the Bronze Whaler Sharks. Today’s trip started off here, after launching from Kleinbaai harbour. We set out to see and had a look about the bay before making our way into Jouberts Dam where Slashfin lay waiting. As we approached, we could see action in front of the cage and to our delight, we had a couple of sharks who had come up from the depths, curious as to what Slashfin was up to. We use a method called chumming to attract the animals towards the boat, and this chum creates a large scent trail that the sharks pick up on, and when we’re lucky It causes them to approach the boat. This is exactly what we got to see in action today and we had a lovely time watching as the sharks came up and showed off their dorsal fins.
After checking out the Copper Sharks, we picked up a complimentary snack for all on board in the form of kelp after which we moved through the swells of Pearly Beach, looking out for a spout or perhaps another animal to spend some time with. We caught up with the smallest member of the Marine Big 5 here, which is none other than the adorable and endangered African Penguin. We got to see this little beauty for a bit, bobbing at the surface before it took a dive and we set our sights on Geyser Rock.
On the way, we spotted some flocks of Cape Cormorants, who appeared to be having a look out for some lunch. These birds never fly over the mainland when they travel out to fish, getting help from the waves to save energy whilst flying. We also did our little bit to keep our oceans clean and free of plastic, picking up a bottle.
We then got to see one of the biggest attractions in the area, our incredible Cape Fur Seal colony. With 60 000 sea Labradors doddering around, there is never any shortage of entertainment here. We moved past the seals a few times, watching as they carried on with their day without a care in the world. We then took a quick stop in Sponge Bay to see some more African Penguins before making our way back to shore.