Lookout 3 – Dry Dock Caisson

Environmental message:

Plastic breaks up into lots of tiny little pieces in the sun. These are not good for ocean animals to eat. Please say no to single-use plastic and recycle the plastic you do use.

Hartlaub’s gull

Chroicocephalus hartlaubii
  • I am one of the most common sea birds you will see when visiting the Waterfront. 
  • I eat crabs, snails,  fish and scraps of food or waste. Please don’t share your food with me as it is not healthy for me. 
  • I breed in large colonies.

Egyptian goose:

Alopochen aegyptiaca
  • I eat seeds, grass, leaves and also insects, worms and even frogs. 
  • I am very vocal and like to display and call out to other Egyptian geese.
  • I lay my eggs in old nests of other birds or on building ledges. When my eggs hatch my chicks jump from the nest to the ground.

Ocean sunfish

Mola mola
  • I like to drift at the surface as if I am basking in the sun.
  • I can grow to 3m in length and can weigh up to 2000 kilograms. 
  • I have a small mouth and my teeth are fused together in each jaw, forming a beak like that of a parrot. 
  • I eat mostly jellies.  
  • I visit the Waterfront between October and June.


The Marine Wildlife Management team look after all aspects of wildlife management in the V&A neighbourhood including the Marina, which has Blue Flag status. They employ permanent wildlife monitors that patrol the entire area on foot daily and record the presence and movement of marine wildlife, especially Cape fur seals.

The team also assist the Two Oceans Aquarium with an on-going seal disentanglement programme in collaboration with DFFE. Checking rooftops of all the buildings within the V&A Waterfront to ensure no seabirds or chicks are at risk. Sunfish are often assisted out of the harbour, and sometimes even the dry dock. Our team is on stand-by for any animal related emergencies or callouts.

Helping a young sunfish find its way back to the sea: