Guide Summary and Photographs
A very exciting and hectic trip out at sea today with plenty of sightings on our Marine Safari. Our first sighting of the day came in the form of six Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins, five adults and a calf. We stumbled across the pod of dolphins that seemed to be fishing just outside the estuary but this did not stop them from check us out and coming very close to us. The Humpback Dolphin is South Africa’s rarest cetacean with only around 500 individuals remaining. This is because they often come in very close contact with people as they tend to reside in 20 meters or less of water. We left our playful friends behind in search of more amazing creatures that our ecosystem holds.
As we made our way towards Dyer Island we managed to spot a very cute juvenile African Penguin amongst a few cormorants. Amazingly, he was so relaxed around our vessel providing some very close up views of the bird. We then moved off into Shark Alley to say hello to our Cape Fur Seals for some light entertainment. As always they did not disappoint, they were splashing around causing a huge commotion all over the place.
This was where the fun really began. Due to some technical difficulties, we changed vessels in the Alley, some us to Calypso and some to Showtime. Once everyone was safely on board both vessels, we continued behind the island where we came across Swift Turns and Cormorants feeding. There was little activity behind the island so we made the journey back to our shark cage diving vessel in hopes of spotting a great white shark.
As we made our way there, we came across a Southern Giant Petrel with what seemed to be a broken leg. We always try our best to save injured birds and take the to our sanctuary for rehabilitation. This guy was very cooperative and the crew managed to pick up the bird and keep him safe until we could hand him back to the experts on land. This was far from our last sighting as we fortunately arrived at the Shark Cage as they had a very large shark around. We managed to get a quick glimpse of the shark on very slow day for the other boat. This completed our sightings for today, another amazing day at sea.
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