Today’s first stop was at Dyer Island where we got to see some of the endangered African Penguin as well as thousands of Cape Cormorant leaving the island to find some fish. As usual we passed the Cape Fur seal colony a few times and observed these playful animals. On the way back to mainland we have been super lucky to spot a small group of bottlenose dolphin along a reef system and were delighted to have had some really good looks at them and after seeing the bronze whaler sharks we returned back to Kleinbaai harbour.
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What species did we see today?
African Penguin Cape fur seal Bronze Whaler Shark Bottlenose Dolphin
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.