Brydes Whale Encounter, 16 January 2020

Written by Dickie Chivell, January 17 2020

Brydes Whale Encounter, 16 January 2020

Follow the birds, They know where to go!

All smiles on the Marine Big 5 tour with the anticipated arrival of a Brydes whale.  We were really lucky to get great close up looks of this fish-eating species of whale. After stopping off at the cage diving boats for some cool shark sightings and grabbing some kelp, our skipper Francios suggested we head into the deep. His reasoning was based on experience as we had seen a lot of Cape gannets gathering on the previous day, indicating schooling fish in the bay. With the weather on our side we set off to find the birds hoping that they would lead us to the big prize, yes a Brydes whale!  At the first, we had to wait a while because when feeding these guys usually spend long periods underwater and surface sporadically in different locations. Our patience soon paid off as the fish started moving in one direction which the whale quickly started following. Our Skipper was able to match the travel speed 5-7 km/h and the direction of the whale allowing us some awesome close-up sightings and even see the Brydes whales blowholes(all baleen whales have 2 :).) Ended the trip by stopping off at the island for some great seal and penguin sightings. All in a days work/fun.



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While Dickie is world-famous for his numerous appearances on Shark Week, he's better known locally as one of Dyer Island Cruises most knowledgeable skippers.

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