Our Marine Big 5 adventure started just outside Kleinbaai harbour with two African penguins drifting in the water and just as we reached Uilenkraalmond we spotted a single Humpback dolphin making one close pass before quickly moving off in the distance. On our way to Pearly Beach where we saw some Southern Right whales again, we stopped at one of the shark cage diving companies and patiently waited for the Bronze Whaler shark to come up. The two whales, a cow-calf pair, were very relaxed around our vessel and swam all the way around us before heading slowly into deeper waters. This was also our clue to continue with the journey to Geyser Rock and see plenty of the Cape Fur seals and lot of bird species. What a fantastic Sunday it has been, seeing all Marine Big 5 in one trip.
What species did we see today?
African Penguin 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.
Bronze Whaler Shark Southern Right Whale Cape fur seal Bank Cormorant