Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 24 June 2023:
We started our day with quite a bit of drizzle on land but as soon as we got out at sea, the rain disappeared, and what a day we had! The first trip were incredibly lucky to spot a Bottlenose dolphin and we also enjoyed some Cape Fur seals and African penguins around the island system. We didn’t give up on our search for whales and headed into the deeper waters, and needless to say, it paid off tenfolds! We found a couple of Humpback whales which we were so happy about we didn’t expect to have more on the way back to the harbour. On our way back we had to change our route as we saw some breaches in the distance. Humpback whales performed as only Humpbacks can! For the second trip, we also had incredible Humpback activity with the whales tirelessly breaching out of the water!
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What species did we see today?
Humpback Whale 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.
Cape fur seal African Penguin