Marine Eco Safari, 18 November 2018

We had for some adventure whale watching out there today with a strong easterly breeze blowing...

Written by Judith Scott, November 19 2018

Marine Eco Safari, 18 November 2018

Guide Summary.

We had for some adventure whale watching out there today with a strong easterly breeze blowing. However it didn’t stop us having two successful trips out with the whales and a few waves thrown in for good measure!

In the bay close to the harbour we still have southern right whales to watch, giving us a wonderful sheltered area to work in from the easterly wind. On both trips we got to see mother and calf pairs both in deeper water swimming as well as hanging out in the shallows. On trip two we got to see our lone calf yet again. We are quite surprised it remains in the bay and still we are able to report that the calf does not look thin or lethargic, so we still believe it might be feeding from other mothers. However, is this going to mean it is able to join another mother and calf to head all the way to the feeding grounds 2000-3000km away is anyone’s guess. However, we are happy to keep seeing it looking pretty healthy as far as we can tell.

Trip one got to see a small group of our Indian Ocean humpback dolphins briefly that were moving through the shallows. This is a very rare coastal species of dolphin.

Both our tours today got to see nice active bronze whaler sharks over by Slashfin who looked like they were having a great day out there with the sharks.

Once we had made it through the reef system leading to shark alley, the bit where we got everyone a bit wet (which is why everyone had full wet-weather gear) we got to spend time with the cape fur seal colony on geyser rock. Even though we get to go there pretty much every day it is still an impressive sight.

 

Guide Photographs.

Southern right whale mother and calf

Southern right whale approaching

Indian ocean humpback dolphin

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seal

Southern right whale calf

Southern right whale mother

Southern right whale

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seal

Cape fur seals

Bronze whaler shark

Bronze whaler shark

Southern right whale mother

Southern right whale mother

Southern right whale

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Judith Scott Guide

Judith has joined Dyer Island Cruises as a guide for the last couple of whale seasons. Having worked with whales across the world, she has an incredible breadth of knowledge to share with our guests.

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