Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 17 November 2022:
What a day! The Marine Big 5 was out and about in the bay today with whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, and penguins seen on both of the trips.
We were lucky enough this morning to encounter not only the southern right whales but also some humpback whales along with two species of dolphins – a large pod of Bottlenose and one lone Indian Ocean Humpback dolphin. The Bronze whaler sharks were active around our sister company Marine Dynamics, this allowed us to have some great viewings of this shark species. We enjoyed some time around Dyer Island and Geyser Rock watching the endearing African penguins and the always-entertaining large population of Cape fur seals.
A five out of five day!
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark Humpback Whale Southern Right 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.
At present there are two recognized species of bottlenose dolphin, and in some cases, both species can be found in the same area. The two species are the common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus), and the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin (T. aduncus). In addition, there is a great deal of variation in colouration, diet and behaviour. The difference between the common bottlenose and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin are subtle, but the common bottlenose dolphin generally larger and more robust with a slight darker colouration.
African Penguin Cape fur seal