Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 02 August 2023:
We had a wet and wild afternoon out in the bay for our two trips today. The first trip launched and we made our way straight to the bay next to ours in search of whales. Our first encounter came in the form of a mother and calf pair of Southern Right whales, and even from a distance, we could see we had stumbled across something special as the calf was almost completely white in colour with some black speckles and is what is referred to as a Brindle. Not a common sighting as it is thought that only 4% of Southern Right whales are born with the brindle colouration and this one happened to be the first sighting of such for our season this year. We encountered another pair not too far away from the first, slowly moving through the shallow waters of the bay. While watching this pair we also had a close fly-by from an Albatross. As we made our way to the deeper waters in line with the island system we also came across a lone adult Humpback whale appearing to enjoy the choppy conditions in the area today, after watching this whale for a little while we made a stop by the always crowded Cape fur seal colony of Geyser Rock before finishing our trip off with a quick stop next to our sister company Marine Dynamics, who were seeing Bronze Whaler sharks today! The second trip of the day followed in a similar fashion to the first with two pairs of Southern Right whales seen, including the brindle pair. This lovely little white whale calmly and slowly moved with its mother by its side as the team and guests enjoyed watching it from a distance. A visit to the Island system including the Cape fur seal colony and with the wind and swell dropping a little, a visit closer to Dyer Island to spot the African penguin rounded off the last trip of the day. For the second trip, we were lucky once again to see a few whales, including the brindle pair!
A big thank you to all our guests who joined the Dyer Island Cruises Team today for their marine adventure!
Tripadvisor – https://bit.ly/2YZ0jDR
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WhaleWatchSA