Southern Right Whale. Photograph by Carlos Moreno
Following completion of the three working group meetings held in Hermanus, South Africa before the Fourth Meeting of the ACAP Advisory Committee, most of the delegates were taken to sea from Kleinbaai on 20 August 2008 by Dyer Island Cruises to sail close to Dyer and Geyser Islands.
The two close-inshore islands are home to large numbers of African Penguins Spheniscus demersus and Cape Fur Seals Arctocephalus pusillus, respectively. Several Southern Right Whales Eubalaena australis were seen blowing close to the boat and a Great White Shark Carcharodon carcharias was seen in the waters surrounding the two adjacent islands. Other seabirds seen included the endemic Bank Cormorant Phalacrocorax neglectus, which breeds on Dyer Island.
The outing was sponsored by the WWF Sanlam Living Waters Programme, to which organization ACAP offers its grateful thanks.
John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, posted 22 August 2008