Ocean Life

The Western Cape Coastal Zone is rich in diverse sea life.

Cape Town has more than 27 different species of shark, ray and chimaera. The Great White Shark may have a bad reputation, but in fact, this sea creature rarely has any beef with humans. The high population of these sharks in the area is largely due to the presence of seals which make their home on various islands within the region. Seals and fish are favoured fare of Great White Sharks.

Cape Fur Seals are found in abundance within the Cape Coastal seas. A trip around Seal Island, where you can watch these playful curious marine creatures in their natural habitat, can be taken from Hout Bay Harbour.

African Penguins are endangered and can be seen at Boulder’s Beach. They’re cute, but keep your fingers and toes away from their beaks as they’ll nip you. Like all wildlife, it’s best to just observe them and let them be.

Dolphins are prolific throughout South Africa’s coastal waters. Dusky, Heaviside and Bluenose dolphins can be spotted in various parts of Cape Town.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the sea life in South Africa, be sure to visit the Two Oceans Aquarium at the V&A Waterfront.