Guide Summary and Photographs
It was a still day out on the ocean with the wind and swell dropping a bit and creating a gentle swell running through the bay. Although the wind was a little chilly, the sun was shining bright and we set out at 12:00 excited to see what the ocean had in store for us.
The first tour of the day started off with a sighting of a Southern Right Whale, who was travelling alone towards Dyer Island. We got a few brief views of this animal before being alerted to a few more whales in the bear by vicinity. We decided that we would try to catch up with the others, so we moved on towards the shore where we found 2 Southern Rights moving gently through the shallow water. The one whale had some really distinctive white markings, which is not something we see every day! We got some nice close views of these animals and were even treated to a spy hop or two, which is always an incredible sight.
We then moved on towards Slashfin and in to deeper water where we spotted a Humpback Whale in the distance. A little later on we saw the spout of a much smaller animal, and realized it was 2 adults and a calf. Out of respect for these animals we let them be and carried on into Shark Alley where we had our Cape Fur Seals waiting. The island was a little pungent today but the sight of the seals is always more than worth it, so we cruised along the alley and took it all in.
The last trip of the day also began with some relaxed Southern Right Whales moving into the bay. With a low average cruising speed, we were able to move slowly and gently with them, staying parallel and watching as they would surface in the swells. We also got to spot a single Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin although he quickly disappeared.
Our next stop was at Geyser Rock where we had many a seal fooling around in the cool Atlantic ocean. The light was just starting to get a golden tinge to it which made for an awesome photographic opportunity. We then exited the alley and caught up with 3 little African Penguins on their way home.
We finished off our tour with a Southern Right Whale who was very generous with it’s gorgeous tail. This animal fluked for us a few times as we watched in absolute awe.
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