Many marine species, 12 October 2019

Written by October 13 2019

Many marine species, 12 October 2019

We couldn’t have asked for more today, we had it all: plenty of Southern right whales, one of which was a rare brindle (white) coloured whale, a humpback whale that was breaching and tail slapping, a surprise encounter with a very big Bryde’s whale, a pair of bottlenose dolphins in the middle of the day, a Great white shark, Bronze whaler sharks, our endangered African penguins and the playful Cape fur seals. Each trip was a bit different, but all of them included many amazing sightings of different species from our extensive list today. Our photos tell the rest of the story:

Photos from today

Southern right whales close to shore

Southern right whale head covered in callosities

A brindle (white) and usual dark coloured Southern right whale

Humpback whale lobtailing

Humpback whale lobtailing

Humpback whale breaching

Watching the humpback whale

A curious young Southern right whale that approached us

Southern right whale approaching us

Southern right whale approaching us

The tail of the brindle (white) whale

Bottlenose dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins

African penguins in the water

A playful Cape fur seal

Cape fur seals on Geyser rock

Many of the seals were in the water today

A curious Cape fur seal

African penguins on Dyer Island

A huge raft of Cape cormorants

Cape cormorants

A bronze whaler shark with our shark cage diving boat

We had really great conditions today

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What species did we see today?

  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale

    One of the best-known whale species, they are renowned for their acrobatic behaviour and complex melodious song as well as extremely long flippers and are a special favourite of Dyer Island Cruises guests and crew alike.

    Humpback Whale

  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin

    At present there are two recognized species of bottlenose dolphin, and in some cases, both species can be found in the same area. The two species are the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), and the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (T. aduncus). In addition, there is a great deal of variation in colouration, diet and behaviour. The difference between the common bottlenose and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin are subtle, but the common bottlenose dolphin generally larger and more robust with a slight darker colouration.

    Bottlenose Dolphin

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