Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 13 January 2024:
Today we welcomed our Guests on Whale Whisperer, one of our Marine Big 5 vessels. Heading out of Kleinbaai Harbour we moved to Uilenkraal for a quick stop in front of the natural estuary of the area. Cruising along coastal waters we were lucky enough to have spotted some endangered Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins! After spending some time with them it was time to let them be, we moved on and ended up in the Shallows, where we got to view some Bronze whaler sharks around the Shark cage diving vessel Slashfin. Moving on we passed the Reef system, the Kelp Forest. We continued our journey toward Dyer Island and Geyser Rock, where we paid both the endangered African Penguin and the Cape fur seal a visit. The penguins were enjoying the weather, sunbathing on the boulders close to the water, whereas the Cape fur seals cooled down in Shark Alley and relaxed on Geyser Rock. Before it was time to get back to land we even encountered a sunfish! What a truly great sighting and an amazing addition to the trip.
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark African Penguin Cape fur seal 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.