Guide Summary and Photographs
It was a beautiful day out on the water with the sun shining and only a little bit of wind to detract from an otherwise perfect sea day. As we made our way through the shallows, the red tide in the bay could be seen in stark contrast to the otherwise crème soda-coloured water. Luckily, this has no effect on our sightings and we were really fortunate to have spotted one of our favourite Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins, Summer. Summer, who we believe to be a male, gave us an absolutely spectacular show, jumping out of the water completely 3 or 4 times in succession. Although he did not stick around for very long he definitely left us all very enthralled and wanting more.
The next exciting action took place at our sister company’s shark cage diving vessel, Slashfin. Here, a couple of our clients were lucky to see a Great White ambush our poor wooden seal decoy, Sally. The shark, which appeared to have come out of nowhere, was so great at his “predation” that he managed to sever the biodegradable rope that Sally was attached to. Resulting in us going on a rescue mission to retrieve our charismatic wooden plank, ensuring that we do not leave anything behind in our oceans.
After this sight we made our way towards Dyer Island where we spotted a lone penguin as well as a few other sea bird species. Our next stop was also with a bird, this time, a Giant Petrel who had very obviously eaten more than his fair share of food. Following this we spent some time with our seal colony which is still noticeably empty. We were, however, able to see all the little ups who seem to be getting stronger and larger by the day. We also got to have a look at the ever growing Bank Cormorant nests, with at least 4 on Geyser Rock at the moment. We are so hoping to see a couple of little chicks soon as the parents seem to be doing a great job of incubating their eggs.
After heading behind the island, we managed to spot a Brydes Whale that came up for us a time or two before taking a deep dive and plunging back into the mysterious deep sea. On the way back to the harbour, we were lucky to have seen at least 10 Cape Gannets, which is always exciting given their beauty and relative size.
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