Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 19 July 2022:
Such a terrific Tuesday afternoon aboard Dream Catcher for our guests and crew alike! Shortly after departing the harbour, we came across a surprisingly active pair of Bryde’s Whales whom we observed for a short while. Moving on we encountered numerous Mola Mola (Sunfish) basking on the surface of the water! In the distance, we spotted the telltale spouts of Humpback Whales and we found an individual that we stayed with briefly before it took a dive. Of course, no Marine Big 5 trip would be complete without a visit to our shark cage diving vessel, Slashfin, and our island systems. At The cage diving boat, we witnessed some great Bronze Whaler action. In Shark Alley, our guests enjoyed our ever inquisitive Cape Fur deal colony on Geyser Rock and even spotted some endangered African Penguins on after Island! Our trip had the perfect ending when we were surprised by four endangered Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins. These dolphins put on quite an unusual show for us with lots of action on the surface including breaching and lob-tailing!
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark Humpback 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.
African Penguin Cape fur seal