On Thursday the 20th of July 2006, despite a couple of nice weather days, Shark Fever did not go to sea unfortunately. But we were invited to board Whale Whisperer, Dyer Island Cruises' Whale Watching boat. We observed two brindle Southern Right Whales in Shark Bay before visiting the marine wildlife on and around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock... Great excursion!
That same morning, Wilfred Chivell, owner of Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Cruises, called us to look at the carcass of a rare and strange looking adult Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) that washed up on the shores near Cape Agulhas, Southernmost point of the African continent.
Two oiled African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) collected on Dyer Island were also waiting to be transported to Cape Town to SANCOB where they would be cleaned and allowed to regain their strength before being released again.
A massive winter storm has unleashed its gale force winds on the Cape since Thursday evening... A lot of rain and swell reaching over 20ft. On Saturday the 22nd of July, we took a drive to the small touristic town of Hermanus to discover this Whale Watching capital, and enjoy a good meal at the Ocean Basket...
Late afternoon, Lance took us to the harbour of Gansbaai to look at a surfer riding the giant crushing waves using a jetski to reach the necessary speed to catch these massive waves. The wind had not yet turned and the waves were uneven and broken, but the sight was certainly impressive!