The Marine Big 5, 02 March 2018

Luck seems to be in our favour, with us spotting all of our favourite animals today....

Written by Jax Bath, March 2 2019

The Marine Big 5, 02 March 2018

Guide Summary.

Wow! Another amazing day out at sea. we have been so lucky these past few days, spotting Brydes Whales on nearly all of our tours. Today was no exception, although patience was a virtue with whale spotting being a little tricky, although we were finally rewarded at the end of our tour with a sighting of a whale just in front of Dyer Island.

We started off our tour with a different sort of whale, one of the toothy kind, when we set out from Kleinbaai harbor and happened upon Oupa, one our local Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins. After getting a few close looks at this old guy, we took a stop at Slashfin where a few Copper Sharks were waiting to greet us. After a slightly slower week last week, we’re really thrilled to have had the activity pick up once again.

Once we’d checked out our favorite cartilaginous creatures, we head over the reef systems and into the deep sea, here, we spotted a variety of bird species including lots of African Penguins hanging out. We got to see both juveniles and adults, as well as Cape Gannets, which indicated that there was fish in the area. We searched the area for a while before heading off to Dyer Island, spotting a Giant Petrel or two along the way.

In Shark Alley, we spent some quality time with our Cape Fur Seal colony, watching as they jumped and played before making our way a little closer to Dyer Island. After this, began to make our way back to the harbour when Kira spotted a blow. We spent a while travelling about, searching for the next blow and any signs of the whale through the red tide bloom, with patience paying off as we got some lovely views of the whale before heading back for lunch.

Daily Snaps.

Enjoying the sea and surf.

Oupa, one of our favourite Humpback Dolphins.

We were lucky to catch up with oupa, who is one of our Endangered Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins.

With the warmer water, the Copper Shark sightings are certainly heating up.

These divers were given the ultimate thrill with a lovely, close encounter.

Testing out our local delicacy.

We had loads of African Penguins out at sea today.

A lovely, large raft of penguins including three baby blues.

Seals living the life on Hospital Rock.

Beautiful skies out at sea today.

A cheeky seal giving us a look.

Seal surfing.

A seal with lots to say on Hospital Rock.

Catching waves.

Another look at our gorgeous skies.

A Brydes Whale in the red tide.

Getting the side eye from a seal.

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Jax Bath Guide

Jax has been guiding for Dyer Island Cruises since 2015, quickly becoming famous for the excitable shouts coming from her direction every time we see incredible wildlife (which is often!).

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