Dolphins! Marine Big 5 Daily Blog
Written by May 8 2021
After some strong winds we were finally able to head out to sea. After leaving Kleinbaai harbour we set course towards Danger Point and into deeper waters where we spotted two groups of the African Penguin and a Bryde’s whale. After having had a look around and scanning the area we spotted a couple of birds in the distance and decided to head this way, as bird usually are good indicators for fish that might attract other marine life and we definitely weren’t disappointed. As we approached carefully, we saw hundreds of seabirds, just to name few – Sooty Shearwater, Shy Albatross, Storm Petrels and many more. In the same location there were also some seals and lots of common dolphins having a feast. We could have not asked for any better. On our way to the Cape Fur seal colony, we had another look at a Bryde’s whale. Before returning to Kleinbaai we passed the shark cage diving boats in the shallow waters along the coast. What a fantastic day at sea!
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.
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.
The mysterious Bryde's whales visit the Dyer Island area throughout the year, with most sightings occurring during summer into winter.
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.