On 20/08/2019 at 12:20 pm, Anthony skippered the AB Marine Vessel and excited Guests on a Whale and Dolphin spotting trip to Cape Recife, leaving from PEDSAC at 12:20 pm.
After leaving moorings we were delayed a while waiting for a ship to enter the Port and had a fascinating chat about lifestyle choices, eating choices, being almost swallowed by a whale and surviving a cobra bite.
On our way out to the channel marker a friendly seal waved us over for a chat – it was pretty one way as he was more interested in sun bathing than exchanging pleasantries.
Moving on out to sea we were alerted to dolphins a couple of nautical miles ahead of our path. On the way we stopped to retrieve a large plastic container and a few bits of plastic – the splashing and grunt of our crew must have chased the dolphins away, though.
Then the hunt for Humpback whales began as we motored out almost 25 kilometers from the Port and along a South West line to well south of Cape Recife – not a blow or a breach to be seen.
Turning in towards Cape Recife we were rewarded with a humpback approaching us from the Port Side, we slowed down to allow him to pass and that was it, he hurried on to his destination.
With a lovely surfer swell running we motored back down to the beachfront on the hunt for dolphins.
As luck would have it, it took a while for Port Control to answer our call seeking permission to enter and that was a GOOD THING as we spotted a small pod of dolphins making their purposeful way along the Harbour Wall in a southerly direction.
Have a look at the images for a dolphin with a white tipped dorsal – pretty unique and one to look out for in the future.
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.