when volunteers arrive everyone is unsure of how the personalities will come together but we have been very glad that most of the volunteers becomes a part of the family. Goodbye to all the volunteers that left us in December and hope we will see you soon. Here are some pictures of Lukas and Lucas of Germany on their last evening, having a party with the crew.
Volunteer Blog 9th – 15th December
A week before Christmas……..as a volunteer
As we are finding ourselves another week closer to Christmas the team has had a very adventurous and fun filled week.
Slashfin has been running mostly two trips a day seeing from 5 – 10 sharks each time. One of the satellite tagged sharks Mooreen (about 4.6m in length) has been gracing us with her presence occasionally, she is impressive with the lower half of her tail missing hasn’t slowed her down at all. Whale Whisper has been running one trip a day as we are nearing the end of the whale season. Still seeing Southern Wright Whales and a couple of times this week the Marine Big 5 have been seen in just a couple of hours. Bottlenose and Humpback dolphins have been seen quite regularly, hopefully this continues into the New Year.
An old familiar face greeted us on Monday, Daniel Poulsen from Denmark graced us with his presence returning after first arriving in late August. It seems to be coming more of a trend volunteers returning, must be the Gansbaai hook that is set. Unfortunately a man that everyone now misses Mike Johansson did leave us on Monday after a month’s journey with us. Pinni Schesinger from Israel arrived on Tuesday for a week’s stay with us taking the total number to 11. This then dropped to 10 on Saturday when Christina Schrotzhammer left after being involved with the program for three weeks.
The weather has been nice this week, still waiting for the real summer to kick in but most of us at some stage this week did get burnt. The boats did run everyday but we did manage to find some spare time. On Wednesday we ventured down to Betty’s Bay to see the Penguins. Seven volunteers helped out within the enclosure moving and placing branches to help build new nests and protection for the poor little guys. All the Penguins are now in their 21 day malting stage so there are feathers everywhere at the moment. Penguins from other colonies are all hanging out at Betty’s Bay during this stage so the numbers there at the moment have increased a lot. A Shark Egg walk this week at Frankskraal we found about 30 washed up eggs, mainly Dark Shy Shark. Yvonne was a natural shark egg hunter finding egg after egg which made Dani very very unhappy, but all had a good time. We were lucky enough on Friday to go snorkelling at a secret little spot at De Kelders. Good visibility and conditions meant we were able to find a few small shy sharks hiding among the kelp. The water temperature being around 14 degrees means the wetsuits came in really handy. On Saturday a few of us in the afternoon ventured on a small hike at Danger Point where there weren’t too many beach goers so that the exploring could begin.
It has been a fun and exciting week and everyone is still smiling at the end of it, now bring on next week and let the journey continue.