On 01/06/2019 at 12:30 pm, Kyle skippered the AB Marine Vessel and excited Guests on a Whale and Dolphin spotting trip to Cape Recife, leaving from PEDSAC at 12:30 pm.
Most of our guests today are volunteering at United Through Sport – Nick Mould and his team are doing a sterling job with our youth and the wonderful volunteers who assist with his programme.
In the briefing I remarked to our Guests that the Algoa Bay Data Mapping Project and the NMU’s Seafari App were most interested in sightings of Humpback Dolphins as these creatures are very rare and the population is estimated to be in the region of 1000 individuals.
On our way out of the Port of Port Elizabeth we spotted the Bottlenose Dolphins feeding off the harbour wall near to the Fence surf spot.
Past Pipe at Pollock Beach and on our way out to Cape Recife Kyle spotted the Humpback Dolphins – they are elusive and shy so we hoped to get a better look at them again as we came to a stop.
And yes, we were rewarded with them popping up two more times to say a very quick hello before they disappeared again.
Out at Cape Recife we saw three blows but the whales were on strike as they disappeared at our approach.
Nevertheless – a very good day as we can count on one hand the number of times we have spotted Humpback Dolphins along that stretch of the coast.
The following cetaceans were spotted:
Legend: SRW – Southern Right Whale | HBW – Humpback Whale | BRY – Brydes Whale | COM – Common Dolphin | BOT – Bottlenose Dolphin | HUMP – Humpback Dolphin | ORCA – Killer Whale/Orca.