Daily Trip Update ,26 October 2018

Our four trips out with the southern right whales on Dream Catcher today were fantastic.

Written by Judith Scott, October 28 2018

Daily Trip Update ,26 October 2018

Guide Summary.

Our four trips out with the southern right whales on Dream Catcher today were fantastic. All four tours got to see at least one southern right whale calf breach out of the water. One of the questions we are always being asked on the boat is ‘when is the whale going to jump?’ Of course, the answer to this is we have no idea because we can’t ask it! However, southern right whales and calves in particular are known to be one of the species of whale most likely to jump out of the water and they tend to do it more when the wind picks up. Why, we do not know.

On all four tours we got to see plenty of whales, plenty of behaviour with curious heads out of the water and interactions between the Mums and calves, as well as at least one breach. On the last tour of the day the whale we saw breaching was a special calf, a half brindle calf with beautiful markings on the skin, caused by a genetic mutation. This whale will gradually darken with age but never go completely black like most southern right whales.

Three out of our four tours each also got to see at least one African penguin and bronze whaler sharks over by our sister company Marine Dynamics. All the tours of course also experienced the cacophony of sight, sound and smell of our 60,000 strong colony of Cape fur seals also.

 

Guide Photographs.

Southern right whale calf eye!

Southern right whale calf flipper

African penguins

African penguins on Dyer Island

Cape fur seal

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seals

African penguin

Southern right whale

Southern right whale

Southern right whale mother and calf

Southern right whale mother’s face

Bronze whaler shark

Southern right whale calf breach

Southern right whale calf breach

Cape fur seal having a nap

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seal

Half brindle calf southern right whale with mother

Half brindle calf with its mouth open!

Half brindle calf tail

Half brindle calf breach

Cape fur seal

Southern right whale adult lob-tailing

Half brindle southern right whale calf

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Judith Scott Guide

Judith has joined Dyer Island Cruises as a guide for the last couple of whale seasons. Having worked with whales across the world, she has an incredible breadth of knowledge to share with our guests.

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