Marine big 5 in a calm ocean, 16 August 2019

Breaching southern right whales and more

Written by August 18 2019

Marine big 5 in a calm ocean, 16 August 2019

Guide Summary.

Today was a beautiful calm day and we were lucky to encounter the marine big 5 – southern right whales, Indian Ocean humpback dolphins, cape fur seals, African penguins and great white sharks. It has been a few weeks since we encountered humpback dolphins, so it was nice to welcome them back during our morning tours. We encountered three individuals, one of which was a small calf travelling in the swell alongside its mother. The southern right whales were also a nice treat today. We got to encounter them on all of our tours and it was nice to see some mating behaviour. The whales were rolling around, showing parts of their tails, pectoral fins and white bellies. On two of our tours we were even lucky to see some breaching, which is when a whale launches its body out of the water and comes down with a huge splash. It’s not every day that we get to see a 40-60 t animal jumping out of the water. The cape fur seals on Geyser rock were a nice sighting as always and everyone delighted in seeing them in the water close around our boat in the clear calm water. Finally, the smallest member of the marine big 5, the African penguin was sighted on all of our tours, giving us all a nice complete experience of the diversity of marine life that we have in the Dyer Island ecosystem.


Daily snaps

A family watching southern right whales

Southern right whales close to shore

Southern right whale rolling over, showing its white belly

Southern right whale waving with its pectoral fin

Southern right whale breaching!

Southern right whale mating behaviour

Great white dorsal fin next to our sister company’s boat

Curious southern right whale approaching us

Curious cape fur seal

African penguins on Dyer Island

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