Sunny Saturday! Marine Big 5 Daily Blog
Written by July 24 2021
Today we had great conditions with almost no wind and a lot of sunshine. After launching from Kleinbaai harbour we were heading straight towards the end of Danger Point peninsula and shortly after found some penguins and a humpback whale that came up briefly before it disappeared in the deep. Further along the way we spotted Cape Cormorants, Sooty Shearwater and Greater-crested Terns feeding on some small schooling fish and other seabirds we saw along the way included a Giant petrel and Subantarctic Skua. At Geyser Rock we got to see plenty of Cape Fur seals, both in the water and on land as well as a few more penguins on Dyer Island.
What species did we see today?
As one of only 17 penguin species left in the world (and the only one on the african continent), the african penguin often breed in offshore colonies, such as Dyer Island.
Cape fur seal
Cape fur seal
With a local population of 60,000, it's no wonder our guests capture so many photographs of these wonderfully playful marine mammals.
One of the best-known whale species, they are renowned for their acrobatic behaviour and complex melodious song as well as extremely long flippers and are a special favourite of Dyer Island Cruises guests and crew alike.
One of the most famous species of Cormorant in the Western Cape, the Cape Cormorant is well known for it's beautiful turquoise eye and impressive size.