Marine Big 5 Daily Blog
Written by September 7 2021
Our first tour started with a Bronze Whaler shark at the cage diving and after quite some time searching, we found a humpback whale who put on a show. The whale was reaching several times and slapping its flipper onto the surface. On our way back we stopped to see the Cape Fur seals, who enjoyed a swim in Shark Alley on such a sunny day, but also saw some penguins on the island.
On our second tour the wind has unfortunately picked up quite a bit and made the search for whales slightly more difficult. However, we had some fantastic sightings of the Cape Fur seals and some African Penguin on Dyer Island.
What species did we see today?
Cape fur seal
Cape fur seal
With a local population of 60,000, it's no wonder our guests capture so many photographs of these wonderfully playful marine mammals.
As one of only 17 penguin species left in the world (and the only one on the african continent), the african penguin often breed in offshore colonies, such as Dyer Island.
One of the most famous species of Cormorant in the Western Cape, the Cape Cormorant is well known for it's beautiful turquoise eye and impressive size.
One of the best-known whale species, they are renowned for their acrobatic behaviour and complex melodious song as well as extremely long flippers and are a special favourite of Dyer Island Cruises guests and crew alike.