Daily Blog 1 September 2015 (Trip 1 + 2 +3) | Shark Diving South Africa

Guest Comment: “Amazing trip! Very well organized and informative!” – Karen

“Had a wonderful time! Crew was awesome and helped us warm up! So cool to see these beautiful sharks in person!” – Rob + Marcie

“Amazing experience- lovely and helpful staff! Thank you!” – Charlotte + Sam


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 14.0’C + 14.0’C + 14.3’C
Depth: 8.17m + 8.96m
Visibility: 2m + 1m + 1m
Number of Sharks: 1 + 1 + 1
Conditions: Cloud coverage all day with a early morning mist

One shark per trip may not sound like much, but when that one shark stays around the entire time, memories are made! Our first trip of the day was truly spectacular. After a short 20 minute wait while our divers got suited up, a very “playful” 2.8 meter shark approached our boat. At first he was a bit shy, gliding up to the decoy then slowly past the cage. It didn’t take him long to decide that he wanted to “play” with us. He continuously attempted breaches on our seal decoy, turning quickly to then go after the bait line. He was quite a site to see and our divers were very excited! We had shown our divers how to spot the difference between a male and female shark, and thanks to the divers from Panthera for confirming for us beneath the surface that he is indeed a male shark. He hung out with our divers for over 2 hours and everyone got a chance to see him in the cage. He then stuck around the area because on our second trip, he was spotted again within 20 minutes of anchoring. These divers had the same type of amazing show, with lots of breaches and quick turns. They fell in love with him and suggested that we should name him “Alfie.” We now have a great name for a great shark! Our final trip of the day was just as spectacular. “Alfie” did not come to visit, however a 2.5 meter female who resembled “Alfie” with similar rosies and scaring approached our boat with 5 minutes of anchoring. She too decided to stay around for a couple of hours. She approached the boat cautiously at first, slowly passing the cage to check out our divers. Very shortly after they had gotten into the water, she breached on our seal decoy with such force that she actually snapped its head off of its body! These beautiful creatures have such amazing power and precision! A very lucky couple on board was gifted the “deceased” decoy by our decoy handler and they now have more than just an amazing memory to keep forever! Thank you to all of our divers and shark watchers for joining us today and we greatly appreciate your patience in the few moments where “Alfie” and the female shark decided to dissapear into the depths for short periods of time. We hope that you enjoyed seeing a great white shark and that your memories will last a lifetime!

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Shark Diving in South Africa, and more specifically with Marine Dynamics, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you won’t want to miss. Book and pay online with us and get a free video of your encounter with the world’s apex predator.


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