Guide Summary and Photographs
Another no sea day has come and gone and it seems as though we will be on the water every day for the next while, which is great news for us.
We had 2 trips out on Dream Catcher today, on a sea that made for an adventurous ride. We launched the first trip a little later, with us leaving Kleinbaai at around 10 and making our way towards Danger Point side.
We found some Southern Rights pretty early in the trip, with us only travelling for about 10 minutes before catching sight of two individuals. Southern Right Whales have a really distinctive blow, with it being more of a V-shape as opposed to the bushy vertical blow of a Humpback Whale or the straight and narrow blow we associate with the Brydes Whale.
These two ended up being a mom and calf pair who were absolutely awesome to watch, with both of them being pretty active. The highlights of our time with them was definitely seeing the tail flukes of this particularly large mother as she took deeper dives and then, getting to watch the calf roll over its moms back. This little guys love to play and we watched enthralled as mom lay at the surface of the water whilst baby rolled onto ins back, exposing its tail flukes which were dwarfed in comparison to moms. Whilst at this sighting, we also had a White Chinned Petrel fly by! We moved onto Geyser Rock after this and then made our way back to the harbour.
The second tour of the day had a great whale sighting too, with a really curious mom and calf pair. Mothers and Calves are always special to come across and when given respect, often make for really memorable sightings. These two were no exception, with them approaching and swimming with us, baby in the middle! If mom was at all phased by our presence, she’d never let that slide, so we were really grateful for her being so relaxed. We also spotted a juvenile African Penguin around the whales, which added to our count after we spotted a little guy just after exiting the harbour.
We took a stop by Geyser Rock next where we spent some time admiring the ever growing collection of males hauling out onto the island. The males will soon establish themselves a territory with up to 50 females, whilst the females are preparing to give birth to some tiny black pups. The females will mate again only days later to ensure that she is able to pup next year, this time, too.
Our final stop of the day was at Slashfin where we were able to see 2 species of shark. The first was a super active Bronze Whaler which came in for both the bait and the decoy whilst we were stopped here. After a while, this golden creature disappeared and, just as we were about to leave, a Great White Shark appeared. We only got to see this dude briefly but it was still an impressive feat. We head back to port after this for some lovely soup and home backed bread.
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