Daily Trip 02 August 2018

Today we set out on 3 whale watching tours, full of Southern Rights. We also got to see some jumping African Penguins...

Written by Jax Bath, August 2 2018

Daily Trip 02 August 2018

Guide Summary and Photographs

We had some awesome whale sightings on all 3 of our tours today. We spend most of our time with some really relaxed Southern Right Whales, moving between Pearly Beach and our own bay in search of this gorgeous ocean giants.

These animals have made the long migration up from the krill rich waters of the Sub Antarctic to our sheltered bays where we hope to see them breed and calf up until the time comes to return home in December. On trip 1, we found the Southern Right Whales whilst cruising along Die Grys. We had two very chilled individuals hanging around in shallow water, so we decided that we might spend some time with them. This was a very wise decision as the whales began to approach the boat, spending time just below us and giving us some incredible photographic opportunities. On this tour, we also went on to see some Cape Fur Seals and an African Penguin or two.

Trip two saw us heading towards the shark cage diving vessels first where we spotted a Great White Shark, before moving on to our whale hotspot; Pearly Beach. At Pearly, we caught up with a couple of whales who looked to be doing some sort of courtship, which made for a truly incredible show. These baleen beauties were rolling around and exposing flippers, flukes and half their bodies. They seemed to be very occupied with each other but that didn’t stop them from looking us over once or twice by giving us a Spy hop. We then head on over to Geyser Rock to take a stop by the seals before returning to port.

Our last tour of the day commenced at around 3pm, where we headed along the coast to Pearly Beach again. We found the whales in slightly deeper water today, which was great for us as we got to see them lift their iconic flukes as they took some deeper dives. These animals were heading east towards the beach and we got some nice sightings of them before turning towards Shark Alley.

In the alley itself, we spent some time with our Cape Fur Seal colony, we also encountered some African Penguins as we exited, which made for an incredible sight. This was a large raft of African Penguins who began to porpoise as we passed them. We don’t usually get to see these animals jump out the water like this, which made for a great way to end the day.

Guest Comment:

"Fantastic trip with great conditions."

Crew is very nice with interesting information about the animals. Recommedable!!

Djiksman, Germany

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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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