Daily Trip Update, 15 October 2019

Written by October 15 2019

Daily Trip Update, 15 October 2019

We have had another full day out on the ocean with many wonderful sightings. The ride out over the swells was fun and the sun was out the whole day for us to enjoy the boat ride. We started the morning trip with a visit to our Cape fur seal colony on Geyser rock. Now that the end of year is approaching we are seeing more big males in the colony, but there are also plenty of playful pups around too. We also managed to see a couple of African penguins in the water before we continued to Pearly Beach to see the whales. We encountered several different mother and juvenile pairs of Southern right whales today, including a brindle whale that we have also encountered the last two days. A brindle Southern right whale is a white one, with variable black spots, that is rare to see because only 4% of the population is born this way. As well as seeing many whales today, we also encountered large numbers of Bronze whaler sharks. This is a schooling species of shark, so it was nice at one point to see about 10 of these sharks around our sister company’s shark cage diving boat. We even encountered a great white shark, to the delight of the passengers on our last trip out on the water.

Photos from today

Brindle Southern right whale surfacing

The beautiful body markings of the brindle whale

Becoming curious towards us

A very curious young whale that popped up right next to our boat

Watching Southern right whales

Mother and juvenile Southern right whales

The large head of an adult Southern right whale

The beautiful colour of the Bronze whaler shark

Bronze whaler shark activity with the shark cage diving boat

Cape fur seal colony

Cape fur seals high up on the rocks

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