Daily Trip 30 January 2018

We had a few Humpback Dolphins decide to pay us a visit today...

Written by Jax, January 30 2018

Daily Trip 30 January 2018

Guide Summary and Photographs

With most jobs in the world, it’s very easy to settle into a routine which after a while becomes a little humdrum. Here at Dyer Island Cruises, we have our routes and our routines too, but, luckily, life in the bay is never boring. Every single day out on the ocean varies and every trip holds something new and exciting to be discovered.

Today, we started off as we usually do, hoping to spot something in the shallow water, which is not always successful. Today however, we struck luck with our rarest coastal cetacean when we had 3 Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins pop up next to the boat. These strange looking creatures are often one of the highlights of our tours, although we certainly do not get to see them every day. A recent study published by Els Vermeulen, with us being one of the contributors to the project, estimates that the range of these dolphins can be anything from 30km to 500km. With this coming to light, we’re even more thrilled to have been seeing these beauties a little more frequently. After a couple of close approaches, we head to Slashfin next were we hoped to cover the fishy part of our excursion.

Sure enough, after only a few minutes of waiting, we saw a dark shadow in the water. This was a gorgeous Copper Shark who moved towards the bait next, curios to see if the salmon heads on our bait line would make a nice snack.  In our industry, however, we do not let them get the bait as we do not want to feed them so our expert bait handler Alfred, pulled the line parallel to the cage, giving the divers in the water the thrill of lifetime.

Once we’d had our sharky fill, we carried on with our tour, spotting a couple of African Penguins on our way to Dyer Island.  The ocean was completely flat and almost glass-like in appearance, which made for a gorgeous and peaceful ride.

We moved on to the island systems next, cruising by Dyer Island and heading into the channel between Dyer and Geyser Rock, which is most commonly referred to as Shark Alley. Here, we took in the sight of all of our seals, with many choosing to spend some time in the water.

After heading towards Danger Point and seeing very little signs of activity, we head back towards the harbour.

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