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.
What species did we see today?
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.
Great white sharks African Penguin Cape fur seal