Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 14 January 2023:
We had four out of the Marine Big 5 for our trip today with some added extras! We launched into some nice conditions this morning and made our way through the coastal waters where we had some of our first wildlife encounters including a large flock of Cape Cormorants on the water, a sunfish, and a pod of four Endangered Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins that approached the boat very closely. After our eventful trip along the coast, we headed out towards the shallows where the shark cage diving takes place and joined our sister company, Marine Dynamics, to view some Bronze whaler sharks. Out to the Island system with the Endangered African penguins seen on Dyer Island along with one in the waters close by along with the Cape fur seals enjoying the heat on Geyser Rock. To finish off our morning on the sea we took to the deeper waters, and whilst we scouted all the way from the southern side to the west and back to the harbour we, unfortunately, did not have any whales moving through the area today. Overall, a fantastic, wildlife-filled morning out in the bay.
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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 Cape fur seal