Lookout 8 – Granger Bay

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Dusky dolphin

Lagenorhynchus obscurus
  • I am sometimes seen in groups of over 100 individuals. 
  • I hunt mainly during the day, and like to swim fast and energetically, sometimes doing somersaults and making splashes. 
  • I am dark grey on my back and white on my stomach. 
  • I grow to 2m in length and weigh up to 100kg. 
  • I communicate using whistles, clicks and squeaks.

Humpback whale

Megaptera novaeangliae
  • I can grow up to 18m in length and 40 tonnes in weight. 
  • I have long white flippers. 
  • I can dislocate my lower jaw so that I can open my mouth wider to eat more!
  • I can be seen around this coast between May and December. 
  • I can reach an age of 50 years or more.
  • I have a unique song which can be heard by other whales many kilometres away.

Bryde’s whale

Balaenopetra edeni
  • I eat fish such as sardine, anchovy and maasbanker. 
  • I can grow up to 15m in length and weigh up to 20 tonnes.
  • I communicate using loud, low-frequency moans.

Long-beak common dolphin

Delphinus capensis
  • I can be seen in groups of hundreds and even thousands of dolphins at a time. 
  • I am energetic and love riding the bow waves of boats and leaping out the water. 
  • I can dive up to 280m and hold my breath for up to 8 minutes.
  • I eat fish and squid – which we catch by working together in schools.

Heaviside’s dolphin

Cephalorhynchus heavisidii
  • I am a small dolphin and only live on the West coast of Southern Africa .
  • I am very playful and enjoy surfing in the wake of boats, and jumping into the air and turning around before falling back into the water. 
  • I eat hake, goby, horse mackerel, octopus and squid. 
  • I grow to a length of 1.7m and a weight of 75kg.