An excellent day in the bay, 30 August 2018

With an easterly blowing, we set out to Pearly Beach in search of some whales...

Written by Jax Bath, August 31 2018

An excellent day in the bay, 30 August 2018

Guide Summary.

We had a late first launch today, heading out just after noon and making our way in the direction of Quoin Point. The wind was blowing from the east today so although there was a light breeze, the sea was stunning and flat.

The first whales that we caught up with was a pair of Southern Rights. This was a mom calf pair and they were hanging around in our bay. We got to see the baby investigate some kelp before we head on over to Pearly Beach where we found even more Southern Rights close to shore. We’re starting to see mating groups and moms and calves hanging in the same vicinity, so there really is a lot going on in each sighting. We spent some time observing the Southern Rights here before moving on towards our island systems.

At the island, we got to watch our Cape Fur Seal colony and we were also treated to their rather pungent smell. This is however not due to the seals alone but also due to the stagnant pools of water on the island which heat up during the day. We also got to see some African Penguins in the water, which gave us 3 of the Marine Big 5.

Trip 2 had a mating group of Southern Right Whales having some fun close to shore. These whales were rolling around and we got to see the tips of the tails popping out the water as the courtship continued. The female will come back up next year to give birth to a calf, but for now she will most probably try to mate with many more males before making the long migration back home.

After spending 20 minutes with these gorgeous giants, we travelled towards Shark Alley and cruised close to Geyser Rock, taking in the sight of extensive seal colony. It is not too much longer before we start to have the bulls moving in, with mating season – and the end of the year – almost upon us.

We spotted some African Penguins in a raft on the way around Dyer Island, and then set our course for the harbor to return just after 5.

Daily Snaps.

A Mating Group on Trip 2.

Two tails up from a mating group.

Shake it off.

A mom keeping a watchful eye on her curious calf.

Mom and baby travelling.

A calf coming in for a closer look.

We had a few cow calf pairs over at Pearly Beach in the morning.

Spy Hop.

African Penguins on their way back home.

Cape Cormorants flying over Geyser Rock.

A wide angle of Geyser Rock.

Some incredible clouds.

A Southern Right Whale approaching.

Another Kelp Gull trying it’s luck with whale skin.

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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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