Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 27 November 2022:
A fantastic, successful day out on the water with the team and guests on board Dream Catcher enjoying encounters with all the Marine Big 5. We had some nice views of the Bronze whaler sharks at our sister company, Marine Dynamics vessel, which was out in the Shallows enjoying some shark cage diving. As we moved away from the shallow waters and into the next bay we had a stunning surprise with a pod of Bottlenose dolphins being seen. We spent some time watching these dolphins as they rode the waves before leaving them be and continuing our marine safari. We lucked out again with a mother-calf Southern Right whale pair being seen, first spotted in the very shallow waters before they made their way into deeper waters where we could enjoy a nice view of them. We finished off our morning on sea with a visit to the Islands to watch the always entertaining Cape fur seal colony of Geyser rock and sneak a peak at the bird colony on Dyer Island, in which we were lucky enough to have a lone African penguin swim right past our boat.
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark Southern Right 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.
Cape fur seal African Penguin