Today's Whale Tale.
Wow, wow, wow, what a fantastic tour. We hit the jackpot with our animals today, with magical sightings of every member of the Marine Big 5. Our tour started with our usual cruise along the shoreline, with us spotting hundreds of Night Light Jellyfish along the way. These pink jellies could be seen all along the shallows, which we travelled until we spotted an Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin.
This dolphins name is Calypso, and we’ve had him in and out the bay for the last couple of weeks. Today’s sighting was just a bit different, when Calypso decided to do a bit of surfing. We watched as this lone ranger caught the wave, enjoying the sight of it before taking a stop at our sister company.
Here, we spent some time watching as the curious Bronze Whalers of the bay. these sharks surfaced again and again, allowing for some great photographic opportunities for us as the divers were given an experience sure to last a lifetime.
We then made our way over to our Island systems where we went in just a bit closer to see if we could spot some African Penguins. At around this time, Kira began to see splashing in the deep sea. Whilst the rest of us were trying to see these small, flightless birds, Kira kept his eagle eyes on the ocean. Thousands of hours at sea have trained his eyes not to lie, and sure enough, he spotted the spout of a whale.
Following his instructions, we set our course for the direction of Quoin Point, and not long after this, were rewarded with the sight of 50 tons of pure magic leaping out the ocean. To our absolute elation, Kira had spotted breaching Humpback Whales. This is the very beginning of our season and we could not have been more thankful for the incredible sight that was these whales breaching repeatedly for the next 20 minutes. As per one our clients “I don’t have the words for that…it just needs to be seen!!!”, so we’ll let the photos below do most of the talking. After this once in a lifetime experience, we topped off our tour with some quality time with our Cape Fur Seal Colony.
Our Best SnapShots For The Day.
What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark 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