Sunny Thursday afternoon at sea! Marine Big 5 Daily Blog
Written by December 3 2020
After two days on land we finally could head out to sea again. The sun has been shining throughout the tour and we only had a light breeze blowing with barely any swell. Along the way we spotted a Cape Fur seal that caught itself lunch, but it ate it too quickly before we got a better look on what it was. Passed Pearly Beach, out in deeper water we spotted a spout after a bit of search. We approached the Bryde’s whale and got a brief look at this elusive species. On our way back we made stop at Dyer Island to see some African penguins and also had a look at all the small seal pups on Geyser Rock. As it has been such a nice and warm day we found plenty of seals having a swim in Shark Alley while others were sunbathing on land.
What species did we see today?
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.
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.
The mysterious Bryde's whales visit the Dyer Island area throughout the year, with most sightings occurring during summer into winter.
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.