Whales and a sunfish! Marine Big 5 Daily Blog
Written by June 9 2021
Today we launched in the afternoon and were heading through the bay as we suddenly spotted a spout of a Bryde’s whale, we had some close up looks at. On our way to Dyer Island, we found another Bryde’s whale surfacing a few times before taking a deeper dive before we moved on to see some African penguin and the Cape Fur seals on Geyser Rock. Just off the other side of Dyer Island we encountered a Humpback whale playing with some drifting kelp, what a beautiful sighting. And mother nature had more to show us, two more Bryde’s whale and a sunfish staying for a while at the surface so we could get a good look at this creature. What a great day at sea!
What species did we see today?
The mysterious Bryde's whales visit the Dyer Island area throughout the year, with most sightings occurring during summer into winter.
As one of only 17 penguin species left in the world (and the only one on the african continent), the african penguin often breed in offshore colonies, such as Dyer Island.
One of the best-known whale species, they are renowned for their acrobatic behaviour and complex melodious song as well as extremely long flippers and are a special favourite of Dyer Island Cruises guests and crew alike.
Cape fur seal
Cape fur seal
With a local population of 60,000, it's no wonder our guests capture so many photographs of these wonderfully playful marine mammals.