Daily Trip 11 May 2018

Birds, birds, birds...

Written by Will Gilmore, May 11 2018

Daily Trip 11 May 2018

Guide Summary and Photographs

Today, we started our trip in reverse heading towards danger point as to avoid the oncoming winds. As we hugged the coastline, we spotted many bird species foraging. The gorgeous cape gannets were out in force, diving amongst all the cormorants, shearwaters and terns to get at the fish below. We also spotted at least fifty penguins along the way which was great to see as we generally see one or two individuals.  We moved towards the point hoping to spot a whale spout, unfortunately with the approaching winds it made it very difficult. The next stop was our 60,000-strong seal colony on geyser rock, the fourth largest in southern Africa. The seals are always great fun to watch both in and out of the water. The day took a slightly sad turn as we watch a seal close to death at the mouth of the alley being harassed by giant petrels, the scavengers of the sea. Unfortunately, we were unable to help the animal as the seal population on the island is already over capacity, so we moved on and let nature take its course. After a quick stop in sponge bay at Dyer Island, we headed towards the shark cage diving vessel for a glimpse of a great white shark, we had to wait quite a while for the money shot, as a very large shark took us all unawares and grabbed the bait line. This was out last sighting of the day and what a sight it was.

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