WATCH: Killer whales spotted in Gansbaai


Cape Town - International visitors and crew members of Dyer Island Cruises were treated to a killer sighting on Saturday, 31 October, when two killer whales were spotted in the icy Atlantic waters off Gansbaai. 

Dyer Island Cruises wrote on their blog, "The whale watching trip was launched from Kleinbaai harbour at 13:30. Many of the clients' hope was only to spot the Southern Right whales, which are found along the Overberg coast line during June and December annually. But they were in for an amazing surprise from Mother Nature herself..."

While out on the ocean, Dyer Island Cruises wildlife spotter, Vumanie (Kira) Matiwane spotted an orca! “I was amazed, I couldn’t get any words out, so all I could do was scream”, Kira said.

View the footage of the killer whales here: Killer Whales Spotted In Gansbaai

The footage was filmed from Dyer Island Cruises' newest vessel - Dream Catcher - which was first launched a mere two months ago. 

The video and one image was taken by Sandra Hoerbst, Dyer Island Cruises' on-board biologist.

Social media marketing manager for Dyer Island Cruises, Anwynn Louw, created the video compilation. 



Hennie Otto from Marine Dynamics Shark Tours also snapped a photo of the orcas on Friday, 30 October.   



In the footage, the dorsal fins of these apex predators are bent, yet it is unclear why. 

Typically, orcas' dorsal fins will flop to the side when they are in captivity. Anwynn Louw for Dyer Island Cruises told Traveller24 one of their marine biologists mentioned that it can happen in the wild as well - possibly due to genetics. 

ALSO WATCH: Stand up paddle boarder's most incredible encounter with Southern Rights

Dyer Island Cruises operates a selection of whale watching excursions and trips Geyser rock, where thousands of Cape fur seals can be seen. 

Want to go? Here you go:

WHALE WATCHING PRICES
Children under 5 - Free
Children under 12 - R650 
Adults - R950

ECO TOUR PRICES
Children under 5 - Free 
Children under 12 - R450 
Adults - R600

Excursions can be booked online

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