The biggest swells ever, and the end of a season

We went out today and played around in 6-meter swells. The things were HUGE, and some of them were even breaking way out in the ocean. I love looking out over the water from the beach on days like this because the oceanic horizon actually becomes jagged! I have never seen it so pronounced anywhere else in the world. The dolphins were going nuts in the big swell, riding waves all around us, and we also came across three humpback whales trying to do the same. They were repeatedly breaching (sort of half-assedly), splashing around, and seemed to be enjoying the rough seas. The luminous white/blue glow of an upside-down whale in shallow ocean water is one of my favorite things to see.

We stayed out until our skipper decided that it was getting too dangerous to be out in open water.

In the afternoon, we went up to The Gap to hike down to the blowhole, which was absolutely going off because of the high tide and large swells. When we got there, we were able to see thousands of Cape gannets diving on what must have been a big bait ball way offshore. Drew estimates 2-4 thousand gannets in one rough group (with smaller sub-groups all diving on individual bait balls). But we couldn't have gone out for the action even if we wanted to. From our high vantage point, we could actually see huge, rogue waves that had broken out at sea -- long, frothy lines moving north. Totally bizarre.

All this new action is sad because we're leaving tomorrow and won't have the chance to see what happens here on the Wild Coast. :(