Another Right Whale gracing us with its presence...
Written by Will Gilmore, June 6 2018
Guide Summary and Photographs
We have been truly blessed this week, magical weather and some unbelievable sightings of our awesome wildlife. Our trip kicked off when we spotted a few Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins enjoying themselves in the surf. Unfortunately, we were in quite a swelly area but our experience skipper made sure we got some excellent views of the dolphins. An amazing sight of an extremely rare dolphin, in fact South African rarest dolphin and whale species with only around an estimated 500 individuals left. After the dolphins, we headed out towards pearly beach with hopes of finding a spout of a southern right whale. We continued to search for quite a while but as it is with nature sometimes, not a single one was spotted. En route to geyser rock, two little juvenile penguins were seen floating about. These birds are the only endemic penguin species on the African Continent and the population is dangerously low, dropping over 95% in the last 20 years alone. We left the penguins to themselves and we made our way to geyser rock to say g’day to 60,000 pinniped pals. The Cape fur seals were extremely playful today, causing a commotion both in and out of the water which is always a privilege to watch. After ticking off three of the big five, we continued towards danger point in hopes of spotting a whale spout. During the journey, our spotter Kira saw a whale that surface behind our vessel. Still unidentified, we waited for it to resurface and when it did, we knew exactly what it was. A Southern Right Whale, our third whale of the season. With absolute perfect conditions, the animal was easy to spot every time it surfaced. The whale even showed us his fluke as everyone on board watched in awe. The whale soon went on his way and we went on ours back towards the harbour. What an awesome day and an incredible sighting of a southern right whale.
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