Guide Summary and Photographs
It was another wild and wonderful day at sea, with our trip beginning off of the infamous Danger Point. Whilst doing our safety briefing, we were alerted to the presence of a whale in the bay, so, we wasted no time getting ourselves into gear and onto the boat.
After an adventurous ride out the harbour, we began our search for the whale moving along the coast and towards the lighthouse. We were in luck and managed to catch up with the whale only minutes after our departure. At this point, we were able to confirm that it was a Southern Right Whale. We’re starting to see more and more of these unique animals as we head into our traditional whale season and if today is anything to go by. We really are in for a treat.
This whale seemed to be hugging the coast, moving slowly along and surfacing every few minutes or so to our absolute delight. Southern Right Whales are known to spend the majority of their time at the surface of the ocean, which makes them one of the very best whales to watch. This lone ranger was no exception, showing off it’s pristine flukes every time it decided to go for a slightly deeper dive. This provided some excellent photographic opportunities as we trailed this gentle giant.
Whilst watching the Southern Right Whale, we were also able to catch sight of a Humpback Whale which was also travelling very close to shore. This is somewhat unusual as we’re usually finding them a little further out to sea. Humpback whales are a species most famous for the long complex songs that they sing, and it is said that the males, who are the ones humming these tunes, will learn the song verse by verse, just like members of a choir.
Once we’d caught a view or two of the Humpback Whale, we got to spend a few more minutes with the Southern Right before we decided to head onwards towards our seals. On the way, we passed Dyer Island, which is home to over 20 different bird species including our endangered African Penguins as well as 4 different species of cormorant.
We then moved through Shark Alley and into proximity of our large seal colony. For a rock only 3 hectares in size, Geyser Rock boasts an astonishing collection of seals which swells to around 60 000 animals at times. These pinnipeds are always quite a sight to behold, especially once one realizes that much of the “rock” that one sees is in fact seal.
After our time here, we journeyed forward to take a gamble at spotting one of the ocean’s fiercest predators; The Great White Shark. For the second day in a row, the sharks seemed to be booming, and we were able to spot 2 different White Sharks in the shallows. The one was particularly active coming up and giving us a view of his little face. Once we’d had our fair share of these fantastic creatures we head back to the harbour with hearts content.
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