It is a very busy time here for us as we are moving into peak season and running trips twice a day. The past three days have been particularly interesting for me with many highlights and unusual moments to share with you all.
As for yesterday…it was a very different day at Seal Island with a film crew onboard in the afternoon and the opportunity to observe the technicalities and considerations when filming great white sharks. I was so excited when we looked to the horizon and saw a southern right whale feeding and then it just got even better. We saw not one but two humpback whales and decided to approach them more closely. Just as we neared them they breached together three times in perfect synchronicity! I couldn’t believe their beauty and grace as they arched through the air towards us and the spray fell away from their bodies. We followed the whales across the bay and observed the two whales performing tail slapping displays towards one another, breaching individually and rolling belly up. This all happened right next to us and they were like ballerinas of the ocean. The rainbow effect as they blew was beautiful and they waved their pectoral fins in the air whilst they twisted and turned during their breaches. One had a black tail and the other a white tail and they were so close we could see their markings and scratches on their skin. The one with the white tail kept making these low tone sighs as it turned belly up to the other whale. It is fair to say I couldn’t stop screaming in excitement as they breached and yes I had to regain my composure and remember I was working! All of this was followed by a spectacular bright red sunset over Simons Town on the way home.
And to finish the day off I was chased up the jetty steps by a huge harbour seal that is known to be a touchy about people on the steps at times. I have never moved so quickly as I didn’t see he was there (it was dark by the time we got back) and just heard the crew shout ‘run Kat!’. All in a day’s work….