Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 12 April 2023:
Today we were incredibly lucky with our wildlife sightings! Shortly after departing Kleinbaai harbour, we came across an Indian Ocean Humpback dolphin cruising in the shallower waters. Over by our shark cage diving boat, Slashfin, we enjoyed some incredible Bronze Whaler shark action. In some deeper waters, we were fortunate enough to encounter two Bryde’s whales! We also sighted some incredible sea birds diving amongst YellowTail including; Cape Gannets, White Chinned Petrels, African Penguins, Cape Cormorants, and various Tern species. Over by Dyer Island we also spotted some of the endangered Africa Penguins on land. In Shark Alley, the 60,000-strong Cape fur seal colony certainly did not disappoint!
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark African Penguin Cape fur seal Brydes 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.