Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 06 July 2023:
Another early start for our team today, which allowed us to join all the animals out in the bay as soon as possible! We were incredibly lucky to encounter some Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins as we launched our first trip of the day and swung by the shark cage divers. Then we enjoyed some lovely African penguins on Dyer Island as well as Cape Fur seals on Geyser Rock. As we were getting back to land we finally got lucky with not one but two whale sightings, a Southern Right whale and a Humpback whale. Our second trip was lucky with some Humpback whale sightings as three individuals were seen along with a single, shy Southern Right whale. The trip then went to the islands to see the Cape fur seals along with the African penguins before making our way through the Shallows and back to Kleinbaai harbour.
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What species did we see today?
Humpback Whale 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.
Cape fur seal Southern Right Whale African Penguin