Sunday, January 26, 2014

A great white shark and thousands of birds at sea along the Overberg coast



This morning, in South Africa living a Travelife, the companion proposed to take a boat out to sea for a look along the coast.

I didn't exactly jump up and down at this idea, of piloting our own boat. The seas in this part of the world are famous for sharks.

But the companion said: "I've been on boats all my life. Piece of cake."

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NO CREW, NO GO.

Nevertheless, I still refused to go on a boat without a crew.

So we ended up going out for a wonderful ride on a boat with a proper boat captain and a couple of crew.

What initially started out as a pleasure trip turned into an amazing boat ride.

THE WHITE SHARK



For one thing, we actually saw a white shark. Thrice, actually.

We didn't do the shark dive, which is very popular in this area.

The Atlantic Ocean waters are just too cold for me.



But we did take our boat out next to a commercial boat with a lot of people lined up to do the shark dive.

And just as we were near them, a couple of white sharks appeared.

How lucky could we get?

This would have made anyone's day.

SEVERAL TIMES LUCKY



But the companion told the boat captain: "Let's go a bit further just to see the coast."

We'd already driven quite a way out into sea, but we continued on for another 30 minutes or so.

This was when we encountered thousands and thousands of birds in the sky, and we were right smack in the middle of it all -- the only boat in the sea, with 360 degrees of birds.



Basically, it was thousands of birds every which way you looked, flying in all directions.

Photos can't do justice to the amazing spectacle I saw this morning.

A GREAT MIGRATION OF BIRD



It was truly unbelievable and surreal.

The only words I can even use to describe it is to liken it to The Great Migration of the wildebeest in Tanzania and Kenya -- except that this was a great migration for birds.


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This was quite a rare sight even for our boat crew. They were literally ecstatic, and shouting with joy just like us.

The captain said: "This is really a very rare sight. In all my years of sailing every single day, I can count with one hand the times I've seen something like this."

Only in a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife, of course.






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