Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 28 July 2022:
A day packed with marine activity out in our Dyer Island ecosystem! With the Marine Big 5 spotted on trip 1, we were able to get some sightings of a Humpback Whale in the deeper waters and a special look at a pair of Indian Ocean humpback dolphins along the coastline. On trip 2 we had a marvellous sighting of a pair of Bryde’s Whales, a pair of Southern Right Whales and even a Mola Mola (Sunfish) basking on the water’s surface. To round off the day, our last trip enjoyed a beautifully calm pair of Southern Right whales!
On both trips today, Geyser rock was packed with activity from our Cape Fur Seal colony and we were able to witness some acrobatics in the waters of Shark Alley. On Dyer Island, we were able to see some African Penguins hopping out of the water after a morning out at sea while the Bronze whaler sharks gave us splendid views in front of the shark cage diving vessels.
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What species did we see today?
Humpback Whale 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.
Cape fur seal African Penguin Brydes Whale Southern Right Whale