On the hunt for the Marine Big Five

Because of its proximity to Dyer Island, Gansbaai is an excellent place to view the so-called Marine Big Five: Great white sharks, Cape fur seals, dolphins, whales and the highly endangered African penguin.

Bevan and I spent the day with Marine Dynamics in Gansbaai recently. For starters, we climbed aboard their whale watching boat for a two hour cruise around the bay and past Dyer Island. As with any wild animals, sightings are never guaranteed but on our excursion we were very lucky to see four of the Marine Big Five. We came across a large Great white shark on the surface near the shark cage diving boats – another big industry in Gansbaai. We were also fortunate to see a Brydes whale in the distance and both penguins and seals frolicking in the shallows or sunbathing on the rocks of Dyer Island.