The Southern Right Whales are still hanging out in our bay, which means that we’re travelling mere minutes before catching up with a couple of cow calf pairs. This has been truly incredible and we’re really enjoying the proximity at the moment. Our first tour of the day started off with a sighting of two sub adult Southern Rights, who were gently cruising along in shallow water. We decided that we’d move with them for a bit and slowly travelled parallel to them as they showed off their amazing silhouettes just below the surface. When they did come up, it was right next to the boat and we got some awesome views of these two next to us before catching word of dolphins in the shallows.
When we arrived, we were very happy to find 4 Indian ocean Humpback Dolphins playing in the breakers, which included a playful little calf. When this baby surfaced, it would give off a little jump, showing it’s face and giving us and giving us a couple of nice photographic opportunities. We also had one playful Humpback Dolphin bow ride, much to the delight of all on board. Once we’d spent some time with the dolphins, we head back to the whales where we found a very playful calf flipper slapping and spy hopping.
Dyer Island was the next stop of the day where we had a few juvenile African Penguins sitting on the rocks. We then went to Geyser Rock to see the Cape Fur Seals, unfortunately, there was one seal who was entangled, which we hope to help soon.
Trip 2 also had some awesome whale sightings, with us being surrounded by Southern Right Whales close to the beach. On this trip, we spent rime with mostly moms and babies who were frolicking in the crystal clear blue water. We got a few close approaches from mom’s and babies checking us out, and even had the first baby we saw put a bit of kelp on its head. We also got to see some nice flipper slapping, and some breaching and lobtailing in the distance
We found a raft of African Penguins next, with one adult and a few blues heading out to go on a fishing excursion. We got to see them nicely in the water but traveled into Sponge bay too to try to point them out on the guano covered rocks. Here, we saw mostly juveniles too.Our final stop for the day was at Geyser Rock where many seals had ventured into the water to cool down after baking in the sun.