Today's Whale Tale.
Today we were spoiled rotten by all of our favourite sea creatures, with fantastic sightings of the Marine Big 5 and more. Our tour began with us making a b-line towards our sister company, Marine Dynamics, in the hopes of spotting a shark. As we arrived, our sister company was busy packing up to head back to the harbour, but we were in luck, with a stunning Bronze Whaler coming right up to our boat. We got a lovely look at the shark as it passed just below us in the turquoise water and after this lovely encounter, decided to carry on with our tour.
As we travelled along, we were treated to the sight of a Cape Fur Seal taking down an octopus. By the time we got closer, the seal was shredding its meal to be enjoyed as a Sunday breakfast. The next leg involved us picking up some kelp to pass around, explaining how underwater forests are formed by this fast-growing seaweed. We also spotted some Night Light Jellyfish as we moved over the forests and into slightly deeper water. We have had an abundance of this beautiful species over the past few months and spent a few moments observing them before visiting our African Penguins over on Dyer Island.
The penguins were up to their usual business, tending to their nests and doing some waddling over the pebbles. Our next stop was over at our boisterous Cape Fur Seal Colony, where we cruised up and down and enjoyed the sight of 60 000 pinnipeds enjoying the sun and surf. After spending time with these sea Labradors, we made our way into the open ocean to see If there was any life to be found.
Today, the sea was alive with activity, as a blow was spotted not even 5 minutes into our travels. We had encountered a Brydes Whale mother and her big, beautiful baby. In my 4 eco seasons with the company, this is the largest calf I have ever encountered with mom. We spent the next 20 minutes slowly moving along with these gentle giants, with excellent views of the whales as they surfaced.
As we began to head back into the harbour, we had one last surprise in store, with us spotting a pod of Common Dolphins! These incredible animals are highly social and will actively seek out boats to have a bit of fun. With great visibility, we had the most incredible time watching these intelligent toothed whales. The dolphins were leaping out the water and riding just below the boat, giving us all memories sure to last a lifetime.