Now back to the adventure!
Just want to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who have been here over the South African holidays. You really do make a difference to the ease at which we can operate. Lots of mentions in the guest book in the last couple of weeks, you have made a difference in someone’s shark experiences that they will remember for the rest of their lives. You should be proud of yourselves! Well Done!
Slashfin has been using more fuel than usual running three trips a day for the past two weeks. We have been very fortunate seeing 5 – 7 sharks a trip. We do have to remember that Great White Sharks really are seasonal visitors to the Gansbaai area and we are very lucky that we have the chance to see them all year around. This time of year all it takes is one shark to be in a playful mood and the day is a success. A couple of characters in the great white shark world who have been gracing us with their presence recently are Riley (3.7m Male, Satellite Tagged) and Little Roundy (2.8m, Male). Riley is really one of the best sharks on show with nice slow passes right in front of the cage almost rubbing his tummy as he goes by. Also a huge stingray did appear during one of the trips and was actually attempting to grab hold of the bait line right in front of the cage. A few trips due to the low tides meant we did have to launch from Gansbaai harbour but it was a welcome pleasure with some calm mornings making the longer running time really pleasant for everyone. Mother nature really has graced us with beautiful dead flat calm mornings over this busy holiday season.
Whale Whisperer has still been running everyday and whales were seen right up till the New Year. We are coming up to the end of the whale season were the Southern Right Whales migrate back to the sub-Antarctic region for feeding. Still we saw mother’s with their calves and in once we saw a Southern Right mother with two calves. We think she may have adopted this second calve; can you imagine feeding two instead of one? Recently even Bryde’s whales have been seen passing through. Huge schools of birds are massing in certain areas, from Cape Cormorants to Giant Petrels and turns have been impressive out on the water. Last but not least Common Bottlenose Dolphins and Humpback Dolphins have also been entertaining the clients, crew and volunteer’s these last couple of weeks, thanks Mother Nature- you are awesome!!
We have had really good numbers of volunteers over the Christmas and New Year. Thanks for spending this special time of the year with us- your new adopted family. Those who have come and gone over the past couple of weeks a big warm thank you and we miss you!!!! Francis Reina (spain), Victoria Andersson (Sweden), Alina Pryazhluna (Russia), Tulin Rumeysa (Turkey), Tatyana Kuprienko (Russia), Denise Fry (US), Joel George (Malaysia). Sheila Kehoe (UK) and Billie Ewing (UK) who visited us for a short week, was great to meet you. Last but not least our local girl Dani Emdin (SA) you have made friends with us all and you are more than welcome back anytime you want look forward to a catch up, see you then.
New arrivals this week we had Brian Stebner (US) and Chris McCormack (AUS) and Rachel Fetherston (Aus) welcome aboard.
Hope everyone had a great and Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Let’s see what the New Year brings and what wonderful things will happen both above and below the water as the journey continues…………..
Written by Sam Hansen and Pictures by Max Aubin