Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 09 June 2022:
Our incredible luck continued today! Less than 5 minutes out of the harbour we came across a pod of endangered Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins with a young calf in the mix. As we continued on we came across four different rafts of endangered African Penguins cruising on the water’s surface. We then ventured towards our shark cage diving vessel where we were able to witness some beautiful Bronze Whaler shark action. Next, we headed into deeper water and exercised a little patience while searching for any whales in the area. Our searching was rewarded when we saw an incredible pair of Humpback whales! We stayed with this pair for some time and they put on quite a show for us with numerous instances of fluking. After departing from these whales we headed to our island systems. In Shark Alley, our ever-playful Cape Fur seals delighted our guests and crew with their antics thus, ticking off the fifth and final species of our Marine Big 5. Upon taking a closer look at Dyer Island we were able to spot some African penguins amongst Cape Cormorants, White-Breasted Cormorants and Kelp Gulls. As we left Dyer Island we also saw a group of Giant Petrels using the water as a runway. As we began making our way back to the harbour we were surprised by a fantastically calm Mola Mola (Sunfish) predating on Box Jellyfish. After leaving the Mola Mola behind our impressive winter visitors, the Sub Antarctic Skuas, escorted us the rest of the way, making for a perfect end to a perfect Marine Big 5 trip!
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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.
Cape Cormorant Bank Cormorant Cape Gannet White-breasted Cormorant Cape fur seal African Penguin