Daily Trip 05 December 2017

A little bit of wind and a lot of whales!

Written by Jax, December 7 2017

Daily Trip 05 December 2017

Guide Summary and Photographs

It was a nice day out on the water with us spotting a few of our favourite animals whilst enjoying some sunshine and achieving that “windswept” look, courtesy of an easterly wind.

Due to the Super moon that we’ve just experienced, we had to launch out of Gansbaai harbour and make our way around Danger Point. The area has a lot of reefs, which always makes for a fun ride int our bay, where we start to look for our animals.

Since most of our whale sightings have been at Pearly Beach, we made our way in that direction, spotting quite a few terns and some Cape Cormorants in the water. This is indicative of some fish passing through the area, which is great for our vulnerable seabird population.

We also took a stop by our Cape Fur Seals, spending a few moments with these curious creatures. Seals are inquisitive by nature, so it is not uncommon for us to have them follow us around a bit in Shark Alley, with youngsters leaping out the water and having some fun as they swim parallel to the boat. After this, we moved over to Pearly Beach, where we had our Whales waiting for us.

Kira, our brilliant whale spotter and guide, counted at least 6 pairs of whales as we moved through the bay, spending a bit of time with the groups that were not too close to the beach. We also had a couple of whales come a little closer and travel next to us for a bit, which is always a treat as one gets a real perspective of their size. We also had a calf sticking its head out the water in our direction, perhaps to have a look around above the surface.

Our final stop for the day was at the cage diving vessels, where we got to see 2 different species of shark.  At first, we had a Bronze Whaler about the bait but, as we were lying next to the diving vessel, a Great White appeared in the chum slick and we got to have a couple of views before we head for the harbour.

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