Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 26 July 2022:
Today we have had a splendid day out at sea with the marine big 5 spotted on both our trips. The Southern Right whales were cruising along the coastline while our bronze whaler and great white sharks were active around the cage diving boats. Geyser Rock gave us some amazing views of the Cape Fur Seals and we spotted some African Penguins in the sun on Dyer Island. The Indian Ocean humpback dolphins were out on our first trip while we got a great look at a single bottlenose dolphin on the second trip of the day. We also had some special guests on board trip 1… 5 young African Penguins that were being released today! This was a wonderful sight to witness for both crew and guests alike.
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark Southern Right Whale 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.
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 Cape fur seal Great white sharks