Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 21 January 2023:
What a beautiful day on the sea with some fantastic conditions to enjoy time out in the bay. We started the trip by making our way along the coastal waters of the bay encountering a Sunfish briefly before making our way to the shark cage diving boats, where our sister company, Marine Dynamics, was having success with the sharks. We watched a number of Bronze whaler sharks around their vessel before we made our way out to the Islands. Whilst they can be a tad hard to spot we saw a few African penguins on Dyer Island before enjoying the view of our large colony of Cape fur seals sunning themselves on Geyser Rock and cooling off in the surrounding waters. We then moved into the deeper waters surrounding the bay and while things appeared quiet in the beginning a disturbance to the waters’ surface along with a high number of seabirds could be seen out deeper, on arrival we found a large bait ball, with seals, and birds alike diving for the fish along with the surprise sighting of a feeding Bryde’s whale. This individual then proceeded to come to the surface multiple times, close to the boat giving us an amazing whale watching experience! Finishing of our trip we circled around the deeper western side of the bay making our way back to the harbour, encountering a mother-calf Bryde’s whale pair that appeared shy and elusive, leading us to leave them be and continue our path back to land.
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