Daily Blog 19 March 2016 Trip1+2 | Great White Shark Diving South Africa

Guest comment: “Great trip, great crew and great sharks!” – Nev and Jans

“Absolutely wonderful-all round!!” – Sawyer and Madalyn


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 13.4°C + 13.4°C
Depth: 9.4m + 10.9m
Visibility: 2.0m +1.0m
Number of Sharks: 15 + 7
Conditions: Overcast with small swell, west wind.

Happy Earth hour day! We set sail to one of the most beautiful sunrises this morning. The first shark arrived within 10 minutes of anchoring and they just kept coming! Rosie an infamous 4.2m empress of a shark, stole the show and glided graceful by the cage, as did numerous others. After two hours on anchor we had identified 15 individual sharks and admittedly I was struggling to keep count! Three of the sharks were large, they measured between 4.2-4.3m and on occasion would calmy lift their head out of the water eyeballing our guests on board! Sadly we saw large rusted hooks embedded in the corner of two sharks mouths, a reflection of the real threats this species endures when it migrates through Southern African waters. Also a reminder of how it’s a true privilege to see these sharks alive and in their natural habitat. Bird species this morning included a Giant Petrol and two Sub Antarctic Skuas who majestically accompanied us on our way back to the harbour!

On our second trip we haven’t even arrived at the cage, which we left at the dive site on anchor, we spotted the first white shark. We had a small shark just above two meters which was quite active going for the bait several times before giving way for the bigger sharks, who approached our vessel after a while. The biggest one we had was around 4.5m but we also had Rosie with 4.2m. Rosie is such a lovely shark, she keeps passing in front of the cage up and down. We were also pleased to have little Rosie around, she was a bit more active today and entertaining us well.

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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