Daily Trip 15 December 2017

We had a Whale of a time out there on the deep blue…

Written by Jax, December 15 2017

Daily Trip 15 December 2017

Guide Summary and Photographs

The wind has picked up a little from yesterday but that did not deter us from having an awesome time out on the water. We’re heading into the festive season, so we’re starting to see quite a few South Africans join us on board, which is always special as we are able to share the not-so-well-known side of our natural heritage.

We started off our tour by heading straight towards Slashfin, as they only had one trip today. Here, a few lucky clients got to catch a glimpse of a Bronze Whaler Shark. Although the sharks were a bit elusive when we stopped, we’re really happy to say that earlier in this trip, the guys hit the jackpot and got to see a Great White Shark. We haven’t seen a White Shark in a few days now so this was great news for all on board.

After this, we decided to make our move towards Pearly Beach. We moved over The Clyde, spotting a few seals along the way, before cruising along the coast in search of some whales. At this time of year, every sighting is an absolute blessing and you’d think that by now we’d have to do a lot of travelling but, we found a pair of Southern Right Whales just as we made our way into Pearly Beach. The whales were a little shy at the beginning of the trip but, warmed up to us nicely and gave a great show towards the end. At first, we watched them pop up occasionally and do some travelling but, they soon settled and we got to watch them play around a bit. Mom started rolling onto her side whilst baby started checking up on us above the water by giving a spy hop or two.

We moved over to the Cape Fur Seals next, where we had a very special surprise for all our clients. Two new-born seals were to be released on our trip today after they had somehow made their way to the mainland! These little pups only really start swimming in around February and cannot fend for themselves, so we decided to give them a second chance by dropping them off as close to Geyser Rock as what we can. Mother seals find their pups by scent and by sound, although it must be a little tough with around 10 000 babies being born at this time of year.

Our last stop the day was just in front of Dyer Island, with us heading back home after this for some soup and bread!


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