Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 21 January 2024:
Another day out at sea for us and let’s find out what the bay has to offer today! Having two trips ahead of us we left Kleinbaai Harbour and headed straight further into the bay where we spotted some humpback dolphins. We continued our way over to the Shark cage diving vessels where we arrived at perfect timing when the Bronze Whaler sharks were already active around the cage checking out the divers. After spending some time with them we moved on and made our way through the Kelp forest, the local Reef system, and beyond into some deeper waters. Next up, is the Island system, where we paid the endangered African Penguins and the Cape fur seals a visit and we even spotted some Ginat Petrels. On Dyer Island, the penguins were high up on the boulders by the beach, whereas the seals were investigating our boat and guests from both Geyser Rock and the waters of Shark Alley.
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark African Penguin Cape fur seal 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 Giant Petrel