Today’s trip started off with a penguin’s sightings just outside Kleinbaai harbour. After having had a close up look at the penguin, who was very relaxed alongside the boat we continued passed Danger Point into deeper waters where we first spotted a sunfish and shortly after a small pod of common dolphins. They were bow-riding our vessel Whale Whisperer before we moved off to Geyser Rock to see the Cape Fur seals. Before heading to Dyer Island, we have been lucky to quickly meet up with our research vessel and see how they deploy some acoustic receivers. Closer to the coast at the shark cage diving boats we saw bronze whaler sharks as well as a small pod of bottlenose dolphins.
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What species did we see today?
African Penguin Cape fur seal Common 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.
Bronze Whaler Shark