Prepare to be captivated by the rich tapestry of marine and bird life that graces our bay throughout the year.
As you venture to the mouth of the Keurbooms River, you’ll discover one of South Africa’s largest seagull breeding colonies—an awe-inspiring spectacle that adds to the area’s natural charm.
But the wonders don’t end there. Our bay is home to a diverse array of pelagic birds, including the endangered African oystercatcher, which gracefully inhabits the pristine shores.
While we may not be a permitted whale-watching vessel, our bay harbours an abundance of surprises. From the majestic presence of whales to the playful antics of dolphins, the power and grace of marlin, the curious sunfish, the enigmatic sharks, and even the elusive cape clawless otter, our waters teem with life and excitement.
Below, you’ll find a curated list of marine and land animals that could grace us with their presence during our voyages around the bay and the peninsula. It’s a testament to the natural wonders that await you on every journey with us.
- Orca and Killer Whale
- Minke Whales
- Maco Sharks
- Humpback Dolphin
- Humpback Whales
- Great White Shark
- Elephant Seal
- Cape Gull
- Cape Fur Seal
- Cape Cormorant
- Brydes Whale
- Bottlenose Dolphin
- Oyster Catcher
- African Penquin
- Ragged Tooth
- Vervet Monkey
- Blue Duiker
- Cape Clawless Otter
- Knysna Seahorse
- Pansy Shell
- Knysna Loerie
- Orange Breasted Sunbird
Why Catch and Release
Catch and release is an essential practice in fishing and conservation for several important reasons:
Overfishing can deplete fish populations, disrupt ecosystems, and harm the overall health of aquatic environments. Catch and release helps maintain sustainable fish populations by allowing individuals to reproduce and contribute to the gene pool.
Many fish species play crucial roles in maintaining the balance of aquatic ecosystems. Removing too many individuals can have cascading effects on other species and disrupt the delicate balance of the food web.
Protecting Rare and Vulnerable Species
Some fish species are endangered or vulnerable to extinction. Catch and release helps protect these rare species, ensuring their survival and contributing to biodiversity conservation.
Promoting Responsible Fishing
Catch and release encourages responsible fishing practices, such as using barbless hooks, handling fish with care, and following catch limits and regulations. It fosters an ethos of conservation and respect for natural resources.
Sustainable fisheries support local economies through recreational fishing and tourism. Catch and release allows for continued enjoyment of fishing activities and the associated economic benefits without depleting fish stocks.
Researchers often rely on catch and release to gather data on fish populations, migration patterns, and behaviour. This information is vital for making informed conservation and management decisions.
Many anglers practice catches and release as a matter of ethical responsibility. It allows them to enjoy the sport of fishing while minimizing harm to fish and their habitats.
To maximize the effectiveness of catch and release, it’s essential to handle fish with care, use proper gear (such as barbless hooks), minimize handling time, and release fish gently back into the water to ensure their survival. By adopting catch and release practices, anglers can play a significant role in preserving aquatic ecosystems for future generations.
- Fishing (Most Common)