Whale Watching near Cape Town, South Africa Welcome to Gansbaai, home of the Marine Big 5.
Trip Summary 16 June 2022:
Such a perfect trip for all aboard Dream Catcher today! We had a spectacular start to our trip when in the shallow coastal waters we spotted the distinctive dorsal fin of a Great White shark who we were able to take a closer look at. Over at our shark cage diving vessel, we were privileged to see a second Great White shark and a Short-Tail Stingray by the boat! As we headed into deeper waters we came across a pod of the endangered Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphins whom we stayed with for a short while. After this, we headed to Dyer Island where we were able to take a close look at some endangered African Penguins on land. Over at Geyser Rock, we enjoyed the company of our ever-inquisitive Cape Fur Seal colony! We came across numerous groups of diving birds while out in deeper waters including; various Tern species, Cape Gannets, Sooty Shearwater, Cape Cormorants, Sub-Antarctic Skuas and a Giant Petrel! It was here that we spotted our first whale species of the trip. A rather shy Bryde’s whale made a few appearances for us, after taking a deeper dive. A little further out we also came across a very active Southern Right Whales who loved showing off it’s fluke to us. We stayed with this whale for sometime until we began making our way back to the harbour!
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What species did we see today?
Cape fur seal African Penguin Southern Right Whale Brydes 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 Cape Gannet