At this time of year whale spotting is part of a daily event; crowds often gather on the coastline to admire these magnificent giants. We expect to see Southern Right whales as they migrate from the Antartic to calve and mate in the waters around the Cape, but it’s been an unexpected bonus to sight Humpback whales this past week. These fabulous acrobats are in fine form; loptailing with great gusto, leaping right clear of the water and creating spectacular splashdowns. While engrossed in their antics, at the other end of the size scale, the tiny penguins almost passed unnoticed. Ungainly on land they transform into ‘flying’ torpedos, finessing bait fish with their speed and agility.
It was a beautiful sunny winter’s day today; perfect sea conditions. I spotted the cormorants in their thousands, which is always a sign that fish are running. At the nearby fishing slip the boats were hauling out and sure enough they had caught good hauls. It’s also time for our visitors from the Antarctic to arrive – the Southern Right whales. It’s an awesome sight to see them in the Bay. Their sheer bulk is impressive, especially when they leap about doing gymnastic displays.