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Species - Dyer Island Cruises, near Hermanus and Cape Town

Please note that while we will do our best to show you as many of the local species as possible, we can not guarantuee sightings of all in a single trip, due to their natural behaviour and seasonality.

Southern Right Whale

Eubalaena australis

These gentle giants are one of the strongest draws for our visitors, as thousands come back every year to experience the majesty of the Southern Right Whale.

Southern Right Whale watching, South Africa

Southern Right Whale

Brydes Whale

Balaenoptera edeni

Mysterious and often solitary, Bryde's whales frequent the Dyer Island area throughout the year, with most sightings occuring during the summer months.

Brydes Whale watching, South Africa

Brydes Whale

Humpback Dolphin

Sousa chinensis

Often confused with the bottlenose dolphin, our local population of humpback dolphins are a crowd favourite when seen, often inhabiting Dyer Island 's shallow waters.

Humpback Dolphin watching, South Africa

Humpback Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

Tursiops aduncus

The Common bottlenose dolphin is the archetypal, and possibly most famous species of dolphin. They are the most commonly seen dolphin on television and in aquariums.

Bottlenose Dolphin watching, South Africa

Bottlenose Dolphin

Great white shark

Carcharadon carcharias

Gracious, beautiful, misunderstood - three words used by guests of Dyer Island Cruises after witnessing South Africa's most infamous marine species: The Great White Shark.

Great white shark watching, South Africa

Great white shark

African Penguin

Spheniscus demersus

As one of only 17 penguin species left in the world (and the only one on the african continent), the african penguin often breed in offshore colonies, such as Dyer Island.

African Penguin watching, South Africa

African Penguin

Cape Gannet

Morus capensis

Well documented for their aireal displays, experiences with with the famous Cape Gannet are always breath taking, and hold a special place in every photographers portfolio.

Cape Gannet watching, South Africa

Cape Gannet

Cape Cormorant

Phalacrocorax capensis

One of the most famous species of Cormorant in the Western Cape, the Cape Cormorant is well known for it's beautiful turquoise eye and impressive size.

Cape Cormorant watching, South Africa

Cape Cormorant

Bank Cormorant

Phalacrocorax neglectus

Often enjoying a broad diet including klipfish, rock lobster and more, the increasing rarety of the Bank Cormorant makes every moment we see them even more special.

Bank Cormorant watching, South Africa

Bank Cormorant

Crowned Cormorant

Phalacrocorax coronatus

Recognisable by their iconic red eyes and glossy coat, these beautiful birds are often spotted feeding on the wide variety of local fish-life close to the Dyer Island shoreline.

Crowned Cormorant watching, South Africa

Crowned Cormorant

White-breasted Cormorant

Phalacrocorax carbo

As the largest of their species and with their iconic white chests, the White-breated Cormorant is a favourite for many of our repeat visitors, and professional wildlife photographers.

White-breasted Cormorant watching, South Africa

White-breasted Cormorant

Cape fur seal

Arctocephalus pusillus pusillus

With a local population of 60,000, it's no wonder our guests capture so many photographs of these wonderfully playful marine mammals.

Cape fur seal watching, South Africa

Cape fur seal

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