Our Tour Update.
Luck really seems to be on our side this week, with the most spectacular tours. Today, we were once again able to spot out Marine Big 5 with the Southern Right Whales popping up just as we decided to head back into Kleinbaai Harbour. Although tonight is the full moon, we are still able to time our trips around the tides so we were able to launch and return to Kleinbaai today.
This really played in our favour, with us spotting 3 Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins as soon as we excited this narrow gap in the rocks. These dolphins were trying to catch some brunch and we spent some time watching as they went about their feeding. Oupa, our most iconic animal was about with a couple of other dolphins, and we had a great time watching as they made attempts to herd and devour some fish. We then took a quick stop at Slashfin where we got to see a Bronze Whaler come up and do some investigating, although the shark didn’t surface completely, we were still able to get some nice views before heading off and onto our islands.
At Dyer Island, we spotted some Swift Terns who were doing their synchronized mating flight, it is likely that they were unsuccessful in their first attempts to have or raise a chick, so they will try once more. We also got to see our African Penguins having a lazy Saturday afternoon on the island.
Cape Fur Seal quality time was our next venture, with the seals really showing off and giving us some excellent photographic opportunities as they went about their ways. We had many seals checking us out in the water whilst others enjoyed the comforts of dry land. Next up, we took a tour into deeper water, where we did a bit of searching for some whales before deciding it was time to head back to the harbour. It seems as though a pair of Southern Right Whales had different plans however, popping up at the last minute and giving us an awesome show. We got to see a bit of a spyhop, some rolling around and even some tail action before these whales took a deeper dive. Although they’re unlikely to hang around here, it was great to see a couple of these gentle giants passing though.
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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.
Bronze Whaler Shark African Penguin Cape fur seal Cape Cormorant Crowned Cormorant