Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 19 October 2022:
The bay was filled with activity today as we set off for four trips throughout the day. All trips were fortunate to have seen at least 4 of the Marine Big 5. We had some amazing sightings of multiple pairs of Southern Right whale moms and calves in the bay. The bronze whaler sharks were active around the cage diving vessels and we were able to see various individuals. Dyer Island gave us a look at a couple of penguins that were taking advantage of the good weather and Geyser rock was a hive of activity with Cape fur seals showing off their acrobatics in the water and on the island too. Trip 1 had some special guests on board, some African Penguins due for release after rehabilitation and it was heartwarming seeing these penguins going off to start their new lives on Dyer Island. Trips 3 and 4 were also lucky to have gotten some looks at the Indian Ocean humpback dolphins which ticked off 5/5 of the Marine Big 5!
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What species did we see today?
Southern Right Whale African Penguin Cape fur seal Bronze Whaler Shark Cape Cormorant 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.