18 April 2017

A Cape Fur Seal and his lunch on an autumn day...

Written by Jax, April 18 2017

18 April 2017

Guide Summary and Photographs

The wind in the bay has started to die down making for a very pleasant trip out today. Our first sighting was of a little African Penguin who was sitting in the water just before we reached the Uilenkraalsmond estuary. The penguin stuck around for quite a bit and whilst taking some great photos we managed to spot a Cape Fur Seal who had caught himself a nice, fishy lunch.

Seals cannot really grasp prey with their flippers so, when they catch larger specimens, they shake them violently, hoping to break off bite size pieces. This is always an epic sight and we watched with glee as he flung the fish around.

After this we stopped at Slashfin. The visibility was great today so we were able to view quite a large shark just under the water’s surface. We also had one Great White give us a view of his beautiful dorsal fin, making it a great stop at our sister company.

Next up, we picked up a piece of kelp for the clients to feel and sample before stopping to view our research boat, Lwazi. Lwazi means seeking knowledge and it is always great to see our biologists out and about, trying their best to undercover a little more information about our secretive white sharks.

We stopped at Dyer Island to take a look at the houses and a couple more African Penguins. The island was quite empty today so it appears as though most of the Penguins and cormorants went out to the deep sea, following the fish.

Our last stop was at Geyser Rock, the 3 hectare island that our Cape Fur Seals call home. Most f the seals were lounging around on the rocks today with only a few braving the very cold waters that the Alley is currently experiencing.

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