Some Exciting Sightings, 29 December 2019

Written by December 31 2019

Some Exciting Sightings, 29 December 2019

Our Marine wildlife was out and about today, enjoying the change in weather. We had some great sightings of the Bronze Whaler Shark around the cage diving vessels. Our Cape Fur Seals on Geyser Rock were as entertaining as ever and we’re seeing less males on the island after mating season but of course the pups that are brave enough are starting to take their first swims in Shark Alley. The African Penguin on Dyer Island were quite quickly spotted with a few groups enjoying the sunshine. Two of our trips of the day were lucky enough to have spotted some dolphins, one of them were able to see the graceful Indian Ocean Humpbacked Dolphin while the other got to witness the playful Bottlenose Dolphins. What a day! With sightings of 4 of the marine big 5 on some trips including some special appearances from our dolphin species.

The Bronze Whaler Shark

The Bronze Whaler dorsal fin

A flock of Cape Cormorants


Some beautiful views of the Bottlenose Dolphins

The Bottlenose Dolphins with the Cape Cormorant flock in the back

A look at the Humpbacked Dolphin

A cute little seal leaning against a piece of metal

This looks comfy

Using the algae as a slide

Napping buddies


A dip in the water

Our African Penguin among the Cormorants

Some Penguins and White Breasted Cormorants

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What species did we see today?

  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    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.

    Bottlenose Dolphin

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