Daily Blog 17 December 2015 (Trip 1 + 2) | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Guest comment: “A wonderful experience. The service was great, made me feel like royalty. Loved the way the crew treat the animals with respect!” – Daleen

“Such a fabulous experience, a unique combination of shark diving, responsible tourism, science, education, conservation and benefits for communities. Thank you!” – Trish

“Amazing experience. Well organised, well executed – brilliant! Loved how natural it was!” – Louzel

Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 18.7’C + 19.7’C
Depth: 12.0m + 8.3m
Visibility: 0.5m + 1.0m
Number of Sharks: 11 + 5
Conditions: Clear, blue skies with a ight wind and little swell.

No late sleep-ins for our shark cage divers this morning with an early start to the day! Atleast it was a nice day to wake up too, with clear skies, and warm temperatures both above and below the water! The water was still on the murky side however had improved a little since yesterday, fingers crossed we see this increase continue. The first shark to arrive was one of our recently tagged individuals, a sub-adult female, a fantastic shark to have around so our guests can see part of the research that the company conducts! This trip also saw “Mandy” and “Jacob” turn up, two of our named and famed sharks that have been in the bay for the last few weeks. Not wanting to miss out on the fun, Bronze Whalers turned up during this trip, easily distinguishable from the White sharks due to their lovely copper colour, rounded, flat snout and the shape and size of the dorsal and caudal fin! Today we were very lucky to host the South African Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom, his wife Trish, team and some local media personnel on board Slashfin! The group came through to Gansbaai this morning to witness the release of a number of African Penguins that have been rehabiliated at APSS, our sea bird sanctuary, and then joined us to go in search for some of the other inhabitants of this bay including the White sharks and Cape Fur seals! We had sharks around almost immediately after arriving back into the Shallows and the group were eager to suit up and take the plunge to see for themselves just what magnificent animals the White sharks are! Not only did the group have a number of sharks around we were also lucky enough to have the Short-tailed stingray glide up from the depths, a truly impressive sight, both due to its’ size and ease at which it moves through the water! Before heading back to land, we took a trip to the Islands to see the sea birds and Cape Fur seal, a perfect time to observe these animals as it is pupping season and we have males, females and the young pups on the island and in Shark Alley. It appeared today as if they didn’t have to worry too much about becoming shark food as they frolicked around the boat away form the safety of the rock! A pleasure to have all on board today, we hope that everyone enjoyed their meeting of the Great White shark…

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White 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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Conservation Partners

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African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary

Department: Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

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Overstrand Municipality

Plastics SA

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