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

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Date:  2-7-2015
Location:  Wilfred’s Klip + Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.9C + 14.7C
Depth: 16.4m + 10.8m
Visibility: 4m+ 4m
Number of Sharks: 3 + 7
Conditions:  A cloudy day with increasing south easterly winds

Another launch from Gansbaai this morning as we are dealing with low tide meaning we couldn’t launch from Kleinbaai harbor. As we left the harbor we spotted a Bryde’s whale! We were very lucky to spot one as these are the shyest species out of the three species of whales we often see in these waters. We made our way around danger point and made our way to shark alley. We had a look at the seals before we anchored close to Wilfred’s Klip and the first shark we spotted today was little Nemo, a 2.8m male shark that got half of his pectoral fin bitten off by another shark! He did stick around but moved off every few minutes to come back later so after some time we decided to try the Geldsteen to see if we could get some more sharks and we did! 8 minutes after anchoring at the Geldsteen we spotted our first shark, followed shortly after by a second shark. We launched at 1.30 for our second trip and headed back to the Geldsteen. Fortunately the sharks were still around so we could start diving straight away. As time passed more and more sharks showed up giving us a total number of 7 different shark. Joining us on the boat today were Georgia and Simone, two PhD students collaborating to learn more about the Great White sharks. Simone is trying to get small biopsy samples for the sharks we get and they use these samples for different purposes. They are looking at genetics, contaminants like fungicides and pesticides, and they are looking at the stable isotope composition from which they can infer what the shark has been feeding on. Very interesting topics and it gave everyone the opportunity to witness more research from up close.

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