Seabirds everywhere! Marine Big 5 Daily Blog
Written by March 6 2021
We used the weather gap this morning to head once again out to sea and we could have not chosen any better. Out of Kleinbaai harbour we set course to Danger Point and into deeper waters where we encountered a lot of different pelagic seabird species including White-chinned Petrel, European Storm Petrel, Sooty Shearwater and Cape Gannt. Further along he way we saw more bird species and spotted a Sabine’s Gull, they are usually seen further offshore and are one of the summer visitors. Arrived in Shark Alley we had time to watch the playful seal pups and got to see more Giant Petrels as we made our way to Dyer Island. After having seen some endangered African Penguins we made our way back to the coast. After a stop at the shark cage diving boat, a small pod of common dolphins appeared between the small waves.
What species did we see today?
With an 'hourgalss' patch on either side and aerial activity the common dolphin is an agile and majestic species, that may easily reach a speed of 40km/h.
Often enjoying a broad diet including klipfish, rock lobster and more, the increasing rarety of the Bank Cormorant makes every moment we see them even more special.
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.
Well documented for their aireal displays, experiences with with the famous Cape Gannet are always breath taking, and hold a special place in every photographers portfolio.
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.