Catching a dream cruise to Dyer Island

 

By Machteld Horsten

A group of 17 Club members met at the Great White House in Kleinbaai to get ready for the boat trip to Dyer Island. After coffee and muffins we set off on the Dream Catcher.

Dyer Island cruise

Club members and others, fitted with life jackets and ready to board. Image Machteld Horsten

The cruise had been scheduled for Thursday morning, 10 March, but low tide was so low that it had to be postponed to the afternoon.

The weather was great, the sea calm, the red tide very visible.

We had some fantastic marine sightings – a Great White Shark (Witdood-haai), called Rosie, engaging with the shark cage divers.

We were also lucky to see a number of Indian Humpback Dolphins (Bultrug-dolfyne) swimming around the boat.

In Shark Alley we saw hundreds of Cape Fur Seals (Kaapse Pelsrobbe), some sunning themselves on the rocks, others frolicking in the water to cool down.

There was also a  large female Elephant Seal (See-olifant), dozing on the rocks.

Nellie, reuse- (Petrel, southern giant) 160310 Dyer-eiland Walkerbaai 672A4194

The Southern Giant Petrel (Reuse-nellie). Image Charles Naudé

On the way back we encountered a large school of Common Dolphins (Gewone Dolfyne), some swimming with their little ones.

We saw the normal marine birds along the way such as the Kelp Gull (Kelpmeeu), Hartlaub’s Gull (Hartlaub-meeu), Swift Terns (Geelbek-sterretjies), Cape, White-breasted and Bank Cormorants (Trek-, Witbors- en Bank-duikers) and African Penguins (Brilpikkewyne).

Dolfyn, gewone (Dolphin, common long-beaked) 160310 Dyer-eiland Walkerbaai 672A4420

Common Dolphins (Gewone Dolfyne). Image Charles Naudé.

The highlight was a beautiful sighting of a Southern Giant Petrel (Reuse-nellie), which I’m sure was a lifer for many of us. It was very close to the boat, but apparently too well-fed and heavy to give us a show of running on the water for take-off.

Back at the Great White House we were treated to soup and sandwiches.

The tour leader was Mike Ford.

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