What a difference a day makes! We had a flat calm ocean to whale watch in this morning as the east wind had completely died away. We had four trips today and on every tour we got to see our ‘orphan’ calf once again, that seems to have lost its Mum. However, a lot of the time we saw the calf with another mother and calf sometimes travelling close together. Although it feels improbable that this mother whale will be able to bring up two calves and allow the second one to suckle and stay with her, it really looks like at the moment she is at least very tolerant of its presence.
We also got to see other mother and calf pairs in the bay on a couple of the trips as we are trying not to spend too long watching the two calves with one mother whale so as not to disturb them.
On the first two tours of the day we got to see Indian Ocean humpback dolphins with a group of around five individuals travelling through the bay in the morning.
Three out of the four tours were lucky enough to see a bronze whaler shark by our sister company’s boat Slashfin. The sharks have been a little on the quiet side the last couple of days since the water temperature dropped, however there were a few bronze whaler sharks around by the last tour of the day for us.
Over by Dyer Island and geyser rock we watched the cape fur seals as they socialised and swam around, an ever present amazing sight with our population considered to be about 60,000 individuals. All four trips also got to see penguins also. There was one penguin hanging out on geyser rock amongst the seals for a while today, looking a little lost. On some tours we also got to see African penguins on Dyer Island in Sponge Bay.
So it was a Marine Big 5 day for trip two and four out of five for the other tours!