Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 05 December 2022:
We launched into a calm bay and shortly after leaving the harbour encountered a pod of bottlenose dolphins. They were calmly traveling alongside us for a while. After leaving these dolphins we spotted a humpback dolphin closer to eh coast and saw some bronze whaler sharks at the shark cage diving boats. At Geyser Rock we saw plenty of Cape fur seals and at Dyer Island the endangered African Penguin.
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What species did we see today?
Cape fur seal African Penguin Bronze Whaler Shark Cape Cormorant 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.
Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin
Humpback dolphins are an endangered species, with small populations living very close to shore, typically in water less than 25m deep and an average home range of 120km. Their proximity to land makes these animals particularly vulnerable to human influence.