Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 25 November 2023:
Today we had great conditions with hardly any wind and some clouds in the sky. On both trips, we were lucky to spot all of the Marine Big 5. We had bottlenose dolphins just outside Kleinbaai on our first tour and on the second in Pearly Beach. On our way to Pearly Beach, we passed the shark cage diving boats and saw multiple Bronze whaler sharks, what a great sight! In Pearly Beach, we got lucky once again to find southern right whales. They were close to the coast in the shallow waters cruising slowly along the coast. On our way back towards Kleinbaai we cruised towards the island and visited the famous Shark Alley to see the Cape fur seals and also some penguins on Dyer Island.
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What species did we see today?
Cape fur seal African Penguin Bronze Whaler Shark 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.
Southern Right Whale