Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 15 April 2023:
Today we had a beautiful day out at sea! We were fortunate to come across a Bryde’s whale this morning. Out in these deeper waters we also witnessed some incredible bird activity including rafts of African Penguins, Great Shearwater, Cory’s Shearwater, Cape Gannets and many diving Terns! In shallower waters we encountered an Indian Ocean Humpback dolphin cruising in the surf. Over by the shark cage diving boats, the Bronze Whaler sharks were very active and we also got a glimpse of a Short-Tail stingray. We made a pass by Dyer Island on our way into the world-famous Shark Alley. Here the Cape Fur seals on Geyser Rock were as playful as ever and put on quite a show for everyone on board!
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What species did we see today?
African Penguin Cape fur seal Bronze Whaler Shark Cape Cormorant Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin
Humpback dolphins are an endangered species, with small populations living very close to shore, typically in water less than 25m deep and an average home range of 120km. Their proximity to land makes these animals particularly vulnerable to human influence.