Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 02 April 2023:
Almost the whole day out at sea with Dyer Island Cruises, and we were successful with 5/5 of Marine Big 5. We were so lucky to again encounter the mother-calf pair of Bryde’s whales just as we left the harbour in a little bit deeper waters. They were shy, but did approach us a few times, so we had an amazing opportunity to witness them nice and close. And of course, we had a chance to enjoy Cape Fur seals and African penguins as we visited Shark Alley. At our sister company’s vessel Slashfin, we saw a few bronze whalers and a short-tailed stingray, the largest marine stingray species in the world. As we were cruising along the coastline we spotted a small pod of Bottlenose dolphins which absolutely made our trip and checked all 5 animals off our list.
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark Brydes Whale Bottlenose Dolphin
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