Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 10 May 2023:
We had two great trips today with some incredible sightings! Both trips today saw some brilliant Bronze Whaler and Great White shark action around our shark cage diving vessel, Slashfin! In the world-famous Shark Alley, the 60,000 Cape Fur seals were as playful as ever around the boat. We were even lucky to spot a pod of Bottlenose dolphins on both trips to the delight of everyone on board! Our first trip of the day also sighted two Bryde’s whales which surfaced numerous times giving us some nice looks. Rafts of the endangered African Penguins were also seen throughout the bay as well as on Dyer Island during trip number one!
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark Brydes Whale Bottlenose Dolphin
At present there are two recognized species of bottlenose dolphin, and in some cases, both species can be found in the same area. The two species are the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), and the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (T. aduncus). In addition, there is a great deal of variation in colouration, diet and behaviour. The difference between the common bottlenose and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin are subtle, but the common bottlenose dolphin generally larger and more robust with a slight darker colouration.
African Penguin Great white sharks Crowned Cormorant Bank Cormorant Cape fur seal Cape Cormorant