Daily Blog 12 June 2016 (Trip 1 + 2 + 3) | Cage Diving South Africa

Guest comment: “Such an amazing time! Very happy with the experience, and loved all the staff and volunteers!” – Ruth

Absolutely amazing – definately changed my opinion of sharks – I will never trust the movie Jaws again!” – Sinayana

The staff made this adventure fantastic. We saw so many sharks. Great day!” – Laura


Location: Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 15.8’C + 15.7’C + 15.7’C
Depth: 10.6m + 11.2m + 11.0
Visibility: 3.0m + 4.0m + 4.0m
Number of Sharks: 9 + 10 + 9
Conditions: Bit of swell and wind in the morning decreasing as the day continued though.

We launched at dawn with pink spanning across the horizon as the sun rose. Back to the Geldsteen we went after a few days in other dive sites due to the weather conditions and within moments of anchoring we had our first shark, quite a surprise as it came rushing through the water! We had a number of active juveniles around this trip, including a small but feisty male that made speedy, passes multiple times before disappearing and reappearing maybe 20 minutes later. An attempt prediation was seen in the distance as we enjoyed the mornings’ shark cage dive, the seal was one of the lucky ones and it looked as if it evaded the White shark that was hot on its trail! A quick stop by the Cape Fur seal colony of Geyser Rock saw the end of our trip before heading back to Kleinbaai harbour.

The second trip of the day launched and by that time the swell had leasened as had the wind. We were pulling up to anchor when the first shark was spotted and the activity did not stop from this moment till the end of the trip. The first shark is a larger female we recognise due to some scarring in front of the dorsal fin however she did not stick around for long. We had many of the first trips sharks with the added sighting of a large female, one with a very distinctive notch in the trailing edge of the dorsal fin. She really did stun our guests especially those divers in the cage lucky enough to share the ocean with her! We also had a new arrival in the form of an medium sized shark with patches of parasites here and there, quite n active individual as it darted here and there through the water, not at all shy of getting close to the cage. An unsual visitor was spotted half way through our trip, an Albatross came soaring across the skies right in front of the boat, the closest encounter our shark boat has had of one of these birds this year.

It was the third trip for our vessel ‘Slashfin’ and her crew. After leaving the harbour we were heading straight to the Geldsteen, our dive site. We just picked up the cage and were busy to put on our wetsuits when the first shark arrived and fascinated our clients. The second shark who showed up was ‘Cutfin’, great to see him still around. In total we saw nine different individuals with the biggest one around 4 meter. Towards the end of our trip the Great White sharks showed off with half breaches close by. What a great trip with these powerful animals.

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Cage 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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