We’ve seen all members of the Marine Big 5 today. The least sighted of them, the Indian Ocean humpback dolphins decided to make an appearance on two of our trips. It was a group of about 5 or 6 individual, including two calves. It was really nice to see them playing around in the surf and sometimes coming up with their faces out of the water so that we could see them well. We also enjoyed the company of Southern right whales on all trips today, and we had a bonus encounter with a humpback whale on our first trip out this morning. The final Marine Big 5 members; Cape fur seals, African penguins and sharks, were seen on all our tours. On our second trip we had an exceptional sighting of a fairly large great white shark. Finally, to add to our sightings list, we also had some really nice diverse bird sighting today.
Photos from today
What species did we see today?
Bronze Whaler Shark Humpback Whale 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.
Great white sharks African Penguin Cape Cormorant Cape fur seal