Playful whales, 17 September 2019

Written by September 17 2019

Playful whales, 17 September 2019

It’s been another amazing day out on the water, with calm waters and plenty of sunshine. Our Southern right whale sightings have been really nice, with plenty of mother and juvenile pairs and some really cool behaviours. We have seen the whales rolling around in the swell, especially the juveniles who are very playful. On the afternoon trip we had some particularly playful whales, starting with an adult just off Pearly beach. This whale was rolling around, slapping its pectoral fins on the water and constantly raising its beautiful large tail high in the air. While watching this one we noticed another whale breaching in the distance, so we went there and found an adult with a juvenile. We got to see these two really well as they raised their heads high out of the water and came near our boat. We had some very nice shark activity today as well, with both Great white sharks and Bronze whaler sharks. At the end of the day a Great white shark even passed very close to our boat and we could see the whole animal really well through the water. We saw some African penguins on Dyer Island, two together in the water just a short distance from the island. A cape fur seal was also seen in the water, feeding on an octopus, while another one was seen together with two of the Southern right whales on the second trip. All in all it’s been another fantastic day out on the water with Southern right whales, Great white sharks, Bronze whaler sharks, African penguins and Cape fur seals for everyone to see.

Photos from today

Adult and juvenile Southern right whales close to Kleinbaai

Southern right whale close to the coast

Great white shark fin

African penguins in the water

Dyer Island kelp forest

White crested cormorants and a Cape cormorant

African penguins on Dyer Island

Playful Cape fur seals

Adult and juvenile Southern right whales

Southern right whale rolling over

Southern right whale tail

Another magnificent tail

Southern right whale in the waves

Adult and juvenile Southern right whale heads

Southern right whale spyhopping

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