Daily Whale Watching Tour, 12 October 2018

We had three adventure filled tours out with the whales today as we had some wind coming from the east...

Written by Judith Scott, October 14 2018

Daily Whale Watching Tour, 12 October 2018

Guide Summary.

We had three adventure filled tours out with the whales today as we had some wind coming from the east. We got to see plenty of mother and calf pairs of southern right whales on every tour, however one calf in particular gave us some great looks today. Some calves are born with some distinctive white patches on the body and we saw this calf and its mother, with grey patches on her, on all three tours. We got some nice close looks at this calm mother and her calf on the first two tours of the day, but on the last tour the calf became active and we were incredibly lucky to see lots of big lob-tails from the calf, a couple of breaches and also some pec-slaps from Mum. By this tour the wind was blowing quite strongly and this does tend to make the whales more surface-active, for some reason.

On tours one and two we landed and launched from Gansbaai, due to the tide, allowing these passengers the adventure ride of going around Danger Point, with its distinctive lighthouse. It was built after the HMS Birkenhead went down on an unchartered rock at the point in 1852. Hundreds of people lost their lives that day and the lighthouse was built at the point later, to warn ships of the dangerous hidden rocks in the area.

As well as showing all the passengers the cape fur seals, the last tour of the day was also lucky enough to see an adult and juvenile penguin close to the boat at the end of the tour. This penguin was surprisingly relaxed, preening itself while a big boat looked down at it!

Guide Photographs.

Mother southern right whale pec-slap

Cape fur seal

An adult and juvenile African penguin

Close look at a mother southern right whale

Southern right whale calf lobtail

Geyser rock and the cape fur seals

Southern right whale calf lobtailing with its Mum in the foreground

Southern right whale calf head slap with distinctive white markings

African penguins, juvenile and adult

Beautiful southern right whale calf’s tail with distinctive markings

Cape fur seals

Southern right whale under gulls

The cape fur seals on the Prince Port shipwreck

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Judith Scott Guide

Judith has joined Dyer Island Cruises as a guide for the last couple of whale seasons. Having worked with whales across the world, she has an incredible breadth of knowledge to share with our guests.

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