Daily Blog 02 June 2016 (Trip 1 + 2) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Guest comment: “Incredible. Great crew, very knowledgable and attentive. The stars of the show were the sharks though!” – Elaine + Martin

“Great activity! Sharks were awesome. Crew was super helpful and knowledgable. Loved it!” – Emily + Daniel

“Incredible experience! Great crew and service. The sharks are AWESOME!” – Kevin


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 15.3’C + 15.4’C
Depth: 10.0m + 9.5m
Visibility: 1.0m + 0.5m
Number of Sharks: 10 + 7
Conditions: Overcast with an decreasing wind with some choppy conditions.

Well this mornings’ conditions were a change to what we have been experiencing over the last few weeks with overcast skies and a chilly, strong wind causing some choppy seas. These conditions men’t we headed into the Shallows and we hoped that we would have the same sort of activity as yesterdays trip spent in the same area! We were not dissapointed with sharks around the boat constantly this morning. The early trip was dominated by the smaller, juvenile White sharks who showed our visitors that you may not be the biggest fish in the sea but you can sure make an impression anyway as the little sharks flew through the water and above the water right in front of the cage. We also had some larger sharks around, with two females around the 3.5-4.0m length stiring things up during the trip with their ambush approaches on the bait and decoy line causing much surprise and delight for us all. It was not only the sharks that visited Slashfin this morning, with a pod of Bottlenose Dolphins coming very close to the boat as they cruised through the bay.

The second trip launched into similar conditions as this morning however we were lucky to see a decrease in the wind allowing for some calmer seas. The trip got off to a fantastic start with a small shark seen circling on the surface as we made anchor. Yet again the activity was continuous throughout the entire trip and whilst the clarity of the water made it very hard to see the sharks under the water we had some beautifully active displays of shark action on the surface. During this trip we were joined by a Southern Giant Petrel that decided the best place to land was in our chum slick…no always the best idea when the sharks are around. One juvenile White shark took a big interest in this bird and spent close to 10 minutes circling the very brave animal and then going in for a investigation in the form of a bump to the bird from underneath. This gave the bird cause for concern and it moved out to another spot however even as we were leaving the area the bird was still resting on the waters surface, just goes to show that these sharks are not the ruthless killing machines than some media and people make them out to be.

It may have been a chilly day out on the water but the shark activity was hot, hot, hot!

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