Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 5 November 2022:
A fantastic day out at sea with each one of our three trips lucky enough to encounter whales. These were mother-calf Southern right whale pairs and we were treated to some sensational views. This morning’s tour also encountered a small pod of Indian Ocean Humpback dolphins surfing the little swell rolling through the bay. Over at the shark cage diving vessels, we spotted some Bronze whaler sharks before rounding out our trips with a visit to the islands to see the Cape fur seals and African penguins.
Dyer Island Cruises along with the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary worked together this morning to transport a number of African penguin chicks to our facility for rehabilitation. This is due to the adults currently entering their moulting phase and thus are unable to care for their young. Once rehabilitated the chicks will be returned to the island.
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What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark Southern Right Whale 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 fur seal