Daily Blog 12 August 2015 (Trip 1 + 2) | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Guest comment: “Absolutely amazing experience! You had a wonderful amount of education along with excitment. Thank you!” – Brian + Jill

“Great time! Loved seeing the sharks – it was abit cold but definately worth it! I’m pretty sure I made friends with a shark today!’ – Carrie

“Great time out on the ocean, was great seeing the sharkd and sea lions!” – Tyler + Anne


Location: Wilfred’s Kilp
Water Temperature: 13.7’C + 14.6’C
Depth: 15.2m + 8.3m
Visibility: 4.0m + 4.0m
Number of Sharks: 9 + 4
Conditions: Calm seas picking up throughout the day and light afternoon rain.

An early morning start for the Slashfin team again today as we launched from Gansbaai Harbour with the sun just peeking over the mountains. It looked like we were in for a great dive today as the conditions out on the water were fantastic with calm flat seas and a slight wind! Once anchored behind Geyser Rock we had just enough time to get divers suited up and ready when our first shark came into view, a nicely sized male, with some interesting marks on his dorsal fin. Not long after more sharks arrived yet none were too active but happy to cruise on by until we had a large female, approximately 4.4m gracefully make an enterance, showing off her size and a few of her impressive teeth. This was “Vindication” an Ocearch SPOT tagged individual that has lost her tag yet is still identifiable by the rosies on either side of her dorsal fin. Next was the star shark of the morning, a medium sized female that had the crew on board reminising about a female we know as “Ninja”, this however was unfortunately not our “Ninja” but some great activity none the less, with sneak ambush attempts on the bait and decoy line and multiple leaps and jumps out of the water. The second trip of the day launched from Kleinbaai as the tides had risen and Slashfin could successfully move in and out of the harbour. The conditions had picked up a little for this trip with an increase in wind and a little chop around. It was a slow start for this trip with the sharks taking close to an hour to show up and were a tad bit on the shy side this afternoon. There was however one shark visiting during this trip that made an impression with its behaviour, one we would refer to as a “jumper”! We also had a Short-tailed stingray come gliding up from the depths for a look at what was going on above, a great sight for those on board, something different that you don’t witness every day! A fantastic day out at the Island…

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