Exciting marine encounters, 16 October 2019

Written by October 16 2019

Exciting marine encounters, 16 October 2019

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

Adult brindle Southern right whale seen on trip one

Southern right whale picking up kelp with her tail

Southern right whale spyhopping in the early morning

Dark adult and brindle juvenile

Dark adult and brindle juvenile

Brindle Southern right whale playing with its tail

Brindle Southern right whale playing with its tail

The head of the brindle whale

Southern right whale in the swell

African penguins

Face to face with a Bronze whaler shark

Our boat Slashfin with Bronze whaler sharks

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seals on Geyser rock

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