We started our first trip early morning today, setting out on a calm ocean in search of marine wildlife. We had plenty to see out there, ranging from the great whales to our endangered African penguins. The swell and waves picked up throughout the day, but that gave for some really exciting encounters. We got to see the Southern right whales really well, as they like to roll around in the swell and come up high over the waves so that we get to see their heads very well out of the water. We encountered several mother and juvenile pairs throughout the day, including the white brindle whale that we have been seeing the last couple of days. On our third trip out, this beautiful white whale even gave us an amazing show of its tail out of the water. The Bronze whaler sharks were also very active today, and on the last trip of the day we were incredibly lucky to see one leaping out of the waves. It often seems that when the waves start to pick up so does the activity of the animals, which is always very exciting for us as the observers.
Photos from today
What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark Southern Right Whale Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin
Humpback dolphins are an endangered species, with small populations living very close to shore, typically in water less than 25m deep and an average home range of 120km. Their proximity to land makes these animals particularly vulnerable to human influence.
African Penguin Cape fur seal