Whale Watching Tour,16 November 2018

It was a very busy day on the water today with five tours....

Written by Judith Scott, November 18 2018

Whale Watching Tour,16 November 2018

Guide Summary.

It was a very busy day on the water today with five tours.

We spent time in the bay on all tours with one of two mother and calf pairs travelling in the bay today. The story with our lone calf also continues with it being sighted again in the bay hanging around with yet another mother and calf pair. It was unclear how much the other mother wanted the lone baby around as we saw her sometimes roll belly up. Could this be her way of stopping the lone calf trying to suckle? It is very hard to know as all the rolling around to us looks awesome and like whale ballet, but we are only getting such a small glimpse into the whales’ lives from the surface.

On two of the trips we got to see the marine big five, with a brief sighting of two Indian ocean humpback dolphins, mother and calf. These very rare dolphins sometimes grace us with their presence in the area.

We had a successful day seeing bronze whaler sharks over by our sister company today with sometimes more than one shark around the cage.

African penguins were also seen on every tour, either on the island when we visited sponge bay, or sitting in the water and the cape fur seals made up the five.

The last tour of the day was a very special trip where we got to take out a number of local children who had won awards with our Deep Blue Ambassadors programme. The kids had done drawings or written poems and were rewarded with a tour to see the whales and the seals. The kids seemed to have a wonderful time with huge smiles and a few screams at the waves! The African penguins also rewarded the children with the best sighting of the day for them when three adult penguins came close to the boat looking at us while we looked at them. This is always a very special day when we get to take these local children out to see what is in their waters and show them the incredible marine eco-system they live by.

 

Guide Photographs

Southern right whale mother’s tail

Southern right whale mother and calf

Southern right whale mother

Southern right whale mother callosities

Bronze whaler shark

African penguins

Cape fur seal

Cape fur seal

Cape fur seal

Cape fur seal

Cape fur seals on geyser rock

Southern right whale mother rolling belly up

Southern right whale mother

Southern right whale mother rolls on her side, flipper out

Indian ocean humpback dolphins

Indian ocean humpback dolphin

Bronze whaler shark

Moulting African penguins up on Dyer Island

African penguins and cape cormorants

Southern right whale mother head

A southern right whale calf comes very close to the boat. Sometimes we wonder who is watching who out there!

Bronze whaler shark

Bronze whaler shark

Southern right whale mother

African penguins and cape cormorants on Dyer Island

Cape fur seals

African penguins

African penguins came to say hello to the kids on the last trip

Our wonderful group of DEEP Blue Ambassadors

Our DEEP Blue Ambassadors enjoying the seal colony

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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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