Along the coast in crystal clear and shallow water we have bene very lucky to find dolphins not just one species but two. First, we spotted two bottlenose dolphins past Uilenkraalsmond and then a small pod of humpback dolphins. After stop at the shark cage diving boats, we quickly drove to Dyer Island as we had penguins on board that were ready to be released again. Around the Dyer Island we also spotted a Cape fur seal that caught himself an octopus for lunch and just behind the island we got to see a couple more thousand Cape fur seals.
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What species did we see today?
African Penguin Cape fur seal 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.
Indian Ocean Humpback Dolphin
Humpback dolphins are an endangered species, with small populations living very close to shore, typically in water less than 25m deep and an average home range of 120km. Their proximity to land makes these animals particularly vulnerable to human influence.
Bronze Whaler Shark