Daily Trip 25 May 2018

A there's a whale... There's a way...

Written by Will Gilmore, May 25 2018

Daily Trip 25 May 2018

Guide Summary and Photographs

Due to inclement weather, recently this is our first trip this week. The Cape of Storm’s has been ravaged by strong wings and swells, today was the complete opposite, seas calm and little wind. Our first marine sighting of the day was a lone Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin. We always feel incredibly lucky to see these dolphins as there are only around 500 individuals left in South African waters. This dolphin was very elusive only surfacing a few times before moving on. As we left the dolphin go about his business, we moved on further into pearly beach and scanned the area for any larger cetaceans. We found it. Our eagle-eyed spotter, Kira, found us the first humpback whale of the season.

As we slowly approached further the whale even started to breach! As we got closer, he stopped breaching but came very close to boat and even under it, giving us great view of all the barnacles on his skin. We spent quite a lot of time with the whale and just as we left, a small raft of African penguins seemed as though they came to check out all the commotion. It was at this point we heard another huge splash, the whale began breaching and slapping his pectoral fins on the surface. Our attention was drawn away from the penguins back to the whale and it breached quite a few times for us very close to the boat. Unfortunately, we had to leave the animal behind and head back to geyser rock. At geyser rock, we had our last sighting, 60,000 cape fur seals! A brilliant end to an amazing trip!

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