On 16/09/2019 Anthony skippered the Expert Tours Vessel and excited Guests on a Whale and Dolphin spotting trip to Cape Recife, leaving from PEDSAC at 08:35 am.
The weather prediction was just a little bit off today – the wind was a bit higher than expected and the swells outside the Bay just a tad higher than expected. Our guests were up to a bit of an adventure as we left the confines of the Bay in search of Whales.
Yes, we got wet on the Super Duck but the adrenaline rush was worth it as Anthony skillfully piloted us in search of Whales. The spray from whales on the move becomes just that harder to see as the wind and spray increases but we were lucky enough to spot more than a few Humpback Whales on the move back to their southerly home.
A few small bait balls with terns, penguins, cormorants and gannets feeding off of Cape Recife and then a fast and dry sail back into Algoa Bay. First we popped in at our ‘ever hopeful of seeing humpback dolphins’ spot and then along the beachfront in search of Bottlenose Dolphins.
And, we were in luck as we spotted a small pod fishing along the Port of Port Elizabeth harbour wall.
- Great excitement as we spotted ONE Common Dolphin who seemed quite at home among his/her Bottlenose Cousins and
- THEN we spotted a Dolphin with a hole right through his/her dorsal fin – images attached.
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.