Common dolphin! Marine Big 5 Daily Blog
Written by June 18 2021
The area around Danger Point has been very busy over the last weeks and we had some great sightings there that continued today first with a bait ball and various bird species. Just a bit further out we found a pod of Common dolphins traveling west and were having a great time bow-riding our vessel Whale Whisperer. While fascinated by the dolphins we witnessed a big splash ahead and were lucky to see humpback whale tailslapping. The whale also approached our vessel and took a dive underneath before surfacing again on the other side and as we were about to move off it surprised us with a breach. Arrived at Dyer Island we saw more penguins and also visited the Cape Fur seals on Geyser Rock before heading tot the shark cage diving boat and back to Kleinbaai harbour.
What species did we see today?
With an 'hourgalss' patch on either side and aerial activity the common dolphin is an agile and majestic species, that may easily reach a speed of 40km/h.
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.
One of the best-known whale species, they are renowned for their acrobatic behaviour and complex melodious song as well as extremely long flippers and are a special favourite of Dyer Island Cruises guests and crew alike.
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.