Humpback Whales! Marine Big 5 daily blog
Written by September 18 2020
Some wind was predicted for this afternoon, so we decided to launch our boat in the morning and spend some time at sea. Due to spring tide we launched from Gansbaai harbour, which is always great and gives us the opportunity to scout for whales in the area around Danger Point. Not long after being at sea, we spotted a Sunfish often referred to as Moonfish in some countries. Just as we reached the end of the Danger Point peninsula we spotted some promising blows further ahead of us. Approaching the whales respectfully we could see it was a group of four humpback whales, possible some males escorting a female. While traveling alongside the group they relaxed and slowed down their travelling speed so we could get some amazing looks.
After a shorter drive we reached Shark Alley and the Cape Fur seal colony on Geyser Rock. And just around the corner from there we made closer stop at Dyer Island to see the endangered African penguins as well as other bird species commonly seen in the area.
What species did we see today?
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.
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.