Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 26 April 2023:
We had three beautiful trips out at sea today with some phenomenal sightings! Today we were very fortunate to encounter the endangered Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins in some shallower waters and we enjoyed them for a little while as they calmly cruised alongside the boat. Several Sunfish (Mola Mola) were also sighted throughout the bay and we got some great close-up looks. All three of our trips today also got to witness the Bronze Whaler sharks around the cage diving vessels and even a surprise Sevengill shark on trip 2! Of course, the Cape Fur seals on Geyser Rock delighted everyone on board with their antics in the world-famous Shark Alley. We were also very lucky to spot the endangered African Penguins both on land and in the water today on all of our trips! There was some brilliant seabird activity in the bay including; African Oystercatchers, Cape Gannets, Giant Petrels, and Sub-Antarctic Skuas to name a few! All in all a fantastic day out at sea, we would like to extend our warmest thanks to everyone who joined us on board.
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark 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 Gannet Cape Cormorant Bank Cormorant Cape fur seal