Over 2000 dolphins in the Walker Bay (South Africa)

Posted under Marine Life Blog by Grootbos on 13th May 2011
his morning, 13 May 2011, we were fortunate enough to wake up to one of the most beautiful days of the year. Not only were we greeted by a breathtaking morning, but also by a huge black mass spreading about 3 square kilometers in the heart of the Walker Bay. Our first thoughts were Cape Cormorants but upon getting a closer look we discovered that it was one of the biggest schools of common dolphins we have ever seen in the Walker Bay. Saying there was a 1000 would have been a gross underestimation. The sighting was truly beyond words to describe, like a blessing from King Neptune himself. We then watched and followed the dolphins along the entire Gansbaai coastline for about 1 hour.

First Whales arrive in the Walker bay!

Posted under Marine Life Blog by Grootbos on 20th April 2011
Yesterday we were fortunate enough to welcome the first Southern Right Whales back into the Walker Bay. We initially spotted the two whales, mother and calf, swimming just behind the breakers at Die Plaat in De Kelders. They then cruised along the entire De Kelders coast line for approximately 2 hours as if overjoyed to be back in their beloved breeding ground, the Walker Bay.

Grootbos guests see Killer Whales on boat trip!

Posted under Marine Life Blog by Grootbos on 18th April 2011
Grootbos guests got really lucky on last week’s boat trip when they came across a pod of Killer Whales close to Dyer Island Gansbaai. The guests were on a scenic boat trip, admiring Cape Fur Seals, African Penguins, Great White Sharks and the breeding colony of Cape Cormorants on Dyer Island. What they didn’t expect to see was a pod of Killer Whales, which is relatively rare in these waters. Read the full story of the Killer Whales in Gansbaai here.
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