Whale And Dolphin Watching,19 October

We enjoyed another remarkably calm and beautiful day out there today on our three whale watching tours....

Written by Judith Scott, October 20 2018

Whale And Dolphin Watching,19 October

Daily summary.

We enjoyed another remarkably calm and beautiful day out there today on our three whale watching tours. The first tour of the day was a particularly lucky one where we got to see all of the marine big five! Although we have all the animals in our area, the dolphins are the most difficult for us to see usually at this time of year. However, we were very lucky to come across a pod of bottlenose dolphins early in the tour, consisting of many calves. We also spent time with the southern right whales, saw penguins on Dyer Island, briefly saw a bronze whaler shark next to Slashfin and of course visited the ever present cape fur seals.

On the first two tours of the day we got to see brindle calf southern right whales, and on the second tour one brindle calf was a little active, lifting its little white tail out of the water. With only around 3.5% of southern right whale calves born brindle, it is always lovely to see these little, white whales.  We also had a lovely close approach on this tour by another, curious calf.

On the third tour the calves in the bay were quite active with lots of rolling around, pecs out of the water and three calves at different times lob-tailing (throwing their tails around). With a lot of social interaction between Mums and calves on this tour also, we had a great day out there.

The last two tours of the day also got to see African penguins on the water as well as the cape fur seals with their usual cacophony of sight, sound and smell!

 

 

Daily photographs.

A cape fur seal entangled in discarded fishing net.

Southern right whale calf tail out

A southern right whale calf rolling on its mother

A young southern right whale calf resting its tail right on Mum’s head!

Southern right whale Mum showing her callosities

A bronze whaler shark

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seals

Waves and seals

Waves and seals

Cape fur seal

Adult African penguins

A southern right whale calf comes over to check out who is watching it

A brindle southern right whale tail

Bottlenose dolphins

A bottlenose dolphin calf

Some happy passengers!

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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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