Wind and Whales, 08 November 2018

With a light swell and some wind, we set out from Gansbaai harbour in search of the Marine Big 5....

Written by Jax Bath, November 9 2018

Wind and Whales, 08 November 2018

Guide Summary.

The animals were really out and about in the bay today, with us spotting the Marine Big 5 on the first two tours of the day. We launched our first boat from Gansbaai harbour, making our way on over to Geyser Rock to give our Cape Fur Seals some attention. We then spotted a little African Penguin in the water, which is always a welcome sight as we sometimes struggle to find these small flightless birds. After heading around Dyer Island and into the shelter of the bay, we moved on over to the shark cage diving boats where we got a couple of views of the Bronze Whaler Sharks, who do a seasonal migration into our waters. We then head on into shallow water, where we hoped to spend some time with a few pairs of Southern Right Whales.

It looks like we’ve had a new movement of whales into the bay, with at least 4 or 5 pairs milling around the shoreline close to Uilenkraalsmond. This is a stunning area to watch the whales, with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, so we had a lot of fun watching as the moms and babies went about their day. The babies are looking quite large already and one can really see some personality coming out as the little ones play around their mothers. Whilst watching the whales, we got a real treat when we spotted around 8 Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins, including claw and her little calf, when these calves are born, they’re already 1m in length, and we first spotted this baby a few months back. We watched the dolphins ride between the swell for a while before spending some more time with our whales.

Trip 2 started off with the whales and dolphins, with us beginning the trip just off of the beach. The Humpback Dolphins had separated into smaller groups and were moving sporadically, which could mean that they were hunting down some small schooling fish. We hung out with the dolphins for a while, and also spent some time cruising along with our Southern Right Whales. We have a couple of distinctive animals around at the moment, including one calf who has some beautiful white patches on it’s side. We went on towards the Shark Cage Divers next, having a look out for some Copper Sharks at our sister company’s boat, Slashfin. We went on to see an African Penguin as well as all of our seals in Shark Alley before making for port.

 

Guide Photographs.

Southern right whale blow

Southern right whale tail

Southern right whale breach by calf

Southern right whale rainblow!

Southern right whale mother

Southern right whale calf

Southern right whale tail

Southern right whale

Cape fur seals in a wave

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seal

Bronze whaler shark

Cape cormorants over Dyer Island

Cape fur seals

Southern right whale calf

Indian ocean humpback dolphin

Southern right whale mother and calf

Southern right whale mother and calf

Indian ocean humpback dolphins

Indian ocean humpback dolphins

Cape cormorants on Dyer Island

Cape fur seals

Cape fur seal

Cape fur seal

Juvenile African penguin

Cape fur seal

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Jax Bath Guide

Jax has been guiding for Dyer Island Cruises since 2015, quickly becoming famous for the excitable shouts coming from her direction every time we see incredible wildlife (which is often!).

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