Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 20 November 2022:
A Big Five day on the sea with all three of our trips enjoying sightings of whales, dolphins, sharks, seals, and penguins. We were lucky enough to pick up on the Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins frolicking in the shallow waters of the bay early on in all of the trips, exhibiting quite active behaviour as they feed on the fish moving through the bay. The Bronze whaler sharks were seen by the shark cage diving vessels that appeared to be having just as lucky a day with sightings as we were, after watching the sharks we headed off in search of the whales. Whilst we may be nearing the end of the Southern Right whale season here along the South African coastline, all guests enjoyed the view of mother-calf pairs as they spent their last few days or weeks in the coastal sheltered, shallow bays. Finishing off each of our trips we spent some time around the islands enjoying the sight of the Cape fur seals and the African penguins. A fantastic day in the bay with the Marine Big 5!
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark 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.
African Penguin Cape fur seal