Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 07 June 2022:
We could not have asked for a better day aboard Whale Whisperer today! Our first sighting of the trip was a stunning pair of Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins whom we cruised with for a short while before heading further out to our shark cage diving boat. At the cage diving boat, we were able to witness some thrilling Bronze Whaler shark action as well as getting up close and personal with a pair of Short-tail stingrays around the cage! After departing Slashfin we headed out into deeper waters and it didn’t take us long to come across a beautifully calm pair of Southern Right whales. These beauties happily swam alongside our vessel for quite some time and even bid us farewell by sticking their tail out of the water! We then headed to Dyer Island and spotted numerous African Penguins basking in the sun and a large number of Roseate Terns. Next up was Geyser Rock where we enjoyed some great Cape Fur seal action as well as Bank Cormorant and African Oyster Catcher sightings. As we made our way back to the harbour our luck continued as we came across four Bryde’s whales! A perfect way to end such an awe-inspiring trip.
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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.
Cape fur seal African Penguin Brydes Whale