Albatross! Marine Big 5 Daily Blog 12 May
Written by May 12 2022
Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 12 May 2022:
It was slightly chilly today out at sea but that didn’t stop us from having some fantastic wildlife sightings! After departing the harbour we passed by Danger Point and came across a Mola Mola (Sunfish) basking on the surface of the water. We also saw many beautiful bird species including Cape Gannets, White Chinned Petrels, Sub Antarctic Skuas and various Terns. However, the stars of the show were the three impressive Shy Albatrosses circling the boat, which made for some magnificent views. We then moved on to the famous Shark Alley and enjoyed the company of our highly inquisitive 60,000 strong Cape Fur seal colony on Geyser rock. Following this, we ventured to Dyer Island where we were able to spot numerous endangered African penguins amongst many other bird species. On our way back to the harbour we were also fortunate enough to find a raft of African penguins cruising in the bay.
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What species did we see today?
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.
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.
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.
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.