A Fluke-ing Great Trip! Marine Big 5 Daily Blog 10 June
Written by June 10 2022
Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 10 June 2022:
Yet another fantastic trip aboard Dream Catcher for our guests and crew! After departing the harbour we took the scenic route along the coastline before heading into deeper waters. Here we spotted a Mola Mola (Sunfish) basking on the water’s surface. Not long after this, we spotted two Humpback Whale spouts in the distance. We slowly approached these two whales, both were incredibly calm and happily cruised alongside our vessel for quite some time. We were able to witness numerous instances of fluking as well as some impressive lob-tailing! Eventually, we departed from these beautiful Humpback Whales and made our way to our Island Systems. In Shark Alley we could enjoy our 60,000 strong Cape Fur seal colony on Geyser Rock and get a closer look at some endangered African Penguins on Dyer Island. As we began making our way back to the harbour we spotted numerous rafts of African Penguins out on the water amongst many diving Hartlaub’s Gulls.
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What species did we see today?
One of the best-known whale species, they are renowned for their acrobatic behaviour and complex melodious song as well as extremely long flippers and are a special favourite of Dyer Island Cruises guests and crew alike.
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.
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.
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.
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 fur seal
Cape fur seal
With a local population of 60,000, it's no wonder our guests capture so many photographs of these wonderfully playful marine mammals.