The Cape Peninsula is one of the few places in the world that you can enjoy urban life and natural settings in the same day.   As a VACorps Intern, you have the ability able to spend your Friday mornings at your professional internship site, and enjoy your afternoon with us on our Friday Activity Program.  We are ocean and nature lovers at VACorps and celebrate the sights and surroundings of the pristine natural beauty of Cape Town every day.  This week, we couldn’t believe how fantastic the conditions were on the coast to view the amazing marine visitors that swam to the surface!  Local wildlife conservation photographer, Jean Tresfon, documented this incredible event from the sky and shared some insights behind each photograph.

Check out his photos and our incredible conservation internship opportunities unique to South Africa and VACorps.

Images and Captions by © Jean Tresfon

Marine Life in Cape Town -Wildlife Conservation Photographer Jean Tresfon

“Probably the cleanest water I’ve ever seen on the Atlantic Seaboard. This image of Llandudno Beach at the foot of Klein Leeukoppie.” -Jean Tresfon


“The sea in Table Bay and down the length of the Atlantic Seaboard was a beautiful aquamarine blue, the cleanest I have seen it in 5 years of flying! We spotted a lonely looking southern right whale all on its own just off the kelp line at Blouberg. The first humpback whales to be seen were in Table Bay and then we found the first big gatherings (around 5 groups of 6-8 whales each) just offshore from Maori Bay. At the Crayfish Factory near Scarborough we hit the main group, a huge pod of approximately 60 humpback whales in a tight bunch all lunge feeding on what I found out later was a huge pocket of krill. For miles around there were single animals and pairs all heading for the main feeding aggregation as fast as they could swim. It was truly an incredible sight and the images do it no justice at all. Even now, many hours later I am still filled with amazement and the wonder of it all. What a privilege to be able to witness this behaviour from such a unique perspective!”  – Jean Tresfon


Humpback Marine Life in Cape Town -Wildlife Conservation Photographer Jean Tresfon

“A massive feeding aggregation of over 50 humpback whales lunging through the surface and grabbing huge mouthfuls of krill. Upon sighting the group my first thought was that they were a big pod of common dolphins… no way so many animals could be whales! Then I realised that they were actually humpbacks!!! Each of these animals can weigh around 36 tons, that’s a lot of hungry mouths to feed!”


Marine Life in Cape Town -Wildlife Conservation Photographer Jean Tresfon

“Humpback whales on the move… Note the two cape fur seals at bottom right. The seals were all over the whales, splashing and playing and generally making a nuisance of themselves!”




Marine Life in Cape Town -Wildlife Conservation Photographer Jean Tresfon

“A lonely looking southern right whale in the shallows near Blouberg.”