Guide Summary and Photographs
Today was our last sea day for a while with a dreaded westerly wind coming in and creating white horses for us when we’d rather see whales. Luckily, the weather held out in the morning so we were able to have 2 early trips out on Dream Catcher.
Our first trip had an 8:00 launch onto a still sea, with us hugging the coastline until we got to the waters of Pearly beach. Our hopes became a reality out there when we spotted a few different collections of Southern Right Whales. We decided to go with the most active bunch around and were definitely not disappointed.
We had come across a particularly boisterous bunch with 2 eager males trying their luck. What entailed was a lot of flipper and fluke action, with the whales throwing themselves about at the surface of the water. With all of this action, the whales were also generating quite a bit of noise, with loud exhalations as the broke the surface of the water every now and then to come up for a breath.
This particular group were also big fans of the spy hop with the whales extending a third of their gigantic selves out the water to have a look about. The eyesight of these whales is likened to ours under the water, which is part of the reason why we always keep our engines on, to ensure that they are always aware of our whereabouts.
We took a stop at our seals after this where we watched them play around in the waters in front of Geyser Rock before making our way back to the harbour.
On the second trip of the day, we caught up with a mother and calf pair of Southern Right Whales in the shallows stuck with them for a bit. It was beautiful to watch these two move under the water together, exposing their giant tail flukes to us as they moved around the area. Seeing the tails through the water column is always spectacular as one is really given a sense of the size of the animals.
We also spend some quality time with the Cape Fur Seals in shark alley on the second trip before heading on home.
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