Daily Trip Update, 22 August 2019

Sharks, sunfish, whales and more

Written by August 22 2019

Daily Trip Update, 22 August 2019

Today we enjoyed a nice day out on the ocean, riding over the smooth long swells to encounter some of our marine wildlife of the region. We had our work cut out for us with the whales, as it took quite a bit of searching before we found them. Nevertheless, during the last part of the morning tour we managed to spot some Southern right whales. We had a lovely encounter with two of the three individuals that we could see. They were calm and curious, rolling around in the swell and giving us some nice looks at their callosity-covered heads. At one point just before we were about to leave one of these whales even surprised us by surfacing close near the back of our boat, so we could all see it really well. Other sightings throughout the day included plenty of bronze whaler sharks, great white sharks and a couple of sunfish in the morning. African penguins were spotted on all our tours and we even saw one on Geyser rock together with the Cape fur seal colony. During the last few days we have been seeing some big male Cape fur seals in this colony, can you spot them in our photos below?

A lucky close encounter

An African penguin among Cape fur seals

Black African oystercatcher

Bronze whaler shark

Can you spot the big male in the middle of the smaller females?

Enjoying the views

Kelp gulls

Kelp gulls

Southern right whale


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