The Marine Big 5, 30 March 2018

We could not have asked for a better time out at sea...

Written by Jax Bath, April 2 2019

The Marine Big 5, 30 March 2018

Guide Summary.

It was a great day to be out at sea, with lots of interesting sights and picture perfect weather. Our trip started off with some sightings of our Copper Sharks, which we found over at Slashfin. We got to see the sharks surface a few times before we made our way closer to the beach, in the hopes of catching up with South Africa’s rarest coastal cetacean. We were in lucky, getting a few views of Oupa, one of our most iconic animals. Oupa is an Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin, who has been frequenting our bay for years now.

After everyone except me got to see the Humpback Dolphin, we made our way onwards towards our island systems, spotting some Cape gannets and a stunning Blue Blubber Jellyfish along the way. we also got to spot some African Penguins out at sea before taking a quick stop at Dyer Island. As we were moving on towards our seal colony, Kira spotted a blow behind Geyser Rock, which allowed for us to have a stunning sighting of a Brydes Whale. This whale was slowly moving along, and we all managed to see this gentle giant beautifully as it surfaced.

Our final stop for the day was over at Geyser Rock where our Cape Fur Seals were waiting to strut their stuff. The seals were as playful and adorable as ever and after stopping here, we made our way back to the harbour. All in all, a very successful Marine Big 5 tour.

Daily Snaps.

Some African Penguins enjoying their home on Dyer Island.

Just as the whale surfaces.

Brydes Whales have a very sleek frame, and weight only around 20 tons.

Puppy swimming practice.

A curious little seal checks out our vessel.

The pups trying to figure out who and what we are.

All the seals taking to the water.

Slashfin on a gorgeous day.

A beautiful Copper Shark.

Check out the movement in the tail, sharks will use their tails to propel them forward.

A Blue Blubber Jellyfish.

We don’t often get to see these jellyfish on our tours, so this was a real treat.

Cape Gannets about to take flight.

Two juvenile African Penguins.

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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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