Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 14 February 2023:
We launched into the thick fog but the bay cleared up soon after. After a stop for some Cape Cormorant and Uilenkraalsmond, we spotted two of the endangered Indian ocean humpback dolphins. Further along the coast, we spotted a Bronzer whaler shark at the shark cage diving boats. After a cruise through quiet waters in the deep we stopped at Dyer Island and had a great look at some African Penguins. We also had a closer look at the Cape fur seal colony while cruising through the famous Shark Alley. Before returning to Kleinbaai we scanned again deeper waters closer to Danger Point, but again they were very quiet.
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What species did we see today?
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 Cormorant Bronze Whaler Shark African Penguin