DYER ISLAND SHARK SIGHTINGS
Recent Great white shark sightings in the Dyer Island area have been excellent. We have seen male and female sharks in equal numbers, sizes ranging from 2.5-4.5m.
At this time of year the white sharks are beginning to hunt Cape fur seals (Arctocephalus pussilus pussilus) around Geyser Rock. The seals are passing through their annual cycle, with last seasonís pups now around 8 months old. These juveniles have a developed blubber layer, yet are still inexperienced enough to make them relatively easy for white sharks to hunt.
Sightings of other species have been few recently, and the Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) season is coming along slowly. These whales can currently be seen from the shore and occasionally from the shark boat, and will increase in number as the season progresses. For best viewing, boat based whale watching is highly recommended. Other species that have been spotted from the shark boat within the last few weeks include African penguins (Spheniscus demersus), and a small pod of Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Uilenkraal area, who rode the bow wave of the 12m Barracuda.
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