Humpback Whale! Marine Big 5 Daily Blog
Written by March 3 2021
It has been a while since we were able to head out to sea and were super excited as soon as we launched from Kleinbaai harbour. From Kleinbaai we set course straight towards Dyer Island as we had four African penguins on board that had been at the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary for rehabilitation and were now ready to be released again. After we successfully released the penguins, we were heading around the island to se the Cape Fur seals. The Cape Fur seal pups, born in December last year, are truly getting big now and almost ready to hunt for their own food in the deeper waters of the bay. As it has been such a nice day with perfect weather conditions, we decided to head behind the islands and were astonished to find two humpback whales. The whales were coming up several times between some longer dives and we managed to get some really nice looks. On the way back we were heading along the coast past the beautiful coastline. What a great day at sea, we could have not asked for a better time.
What species did we see today?
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.
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.
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.
One of the most famous species of Cormorant in the Western Cape, the Cape Cormorant is well known for it's beautiful turquoise eye and impressive size.
Often enjoying a broad diet including klipfish, rock lobster and more, the increasing rarety of the Bank Cormorant makes every moment we see them even more special.