Daily Blog 20 February 2016 (Trip 1 + 2) | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Guest comment: “A revelation. Sharks are fascinating creatures that completely deny all the myths told by Hollywood and popular rumour!” – Andriette

“Best experience ever…will definately be back!” – Nishani

“Great whites, great day, great experience, great company tour!” – Kendall, Ashley, Dionne, Michelle + Rachel


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 16.2’C + 16.4’C
Depth: 9.8m + 11.1m
Visibility: 1.0m+ 0.5m
Number of Sharks: 5 + 4
Conditions: Warm and calm day.

Today we launched a little later due to some stronger winds that were predicted to be around, this gave our guests a little sleep in! We headed out to the Shallows and within 20 minutes we had our first shark and the action continued through the trip. The second shark to show up was none other than “Rosie”, a large female that has been monitored by Marine Dynamics and Dyer Island Conservation Trust for the past 4 years including being tagged acoustically in March 2014, tracked closely throughthe Shallows, biopsied for behavioural, genetic and toxicology studies in 2015 and also unfortunately monitored for wound healing after being struck by a boat at the start of 2015. We have not seen this shark since June last year and we are pleased to say her wound has healed amazingly snd her activity was fantastic as she stole many hearts on board and stuck around the entire trip! We also had a first on the boat today with a visitor from Scotland, Ross, who has travelled and played his bagpipes in 43 countries. He played two songs on board for us and the sharks…kilt, wetsuit, googles and all! Check out more about his travels here. The second trip of launched back into the Shallows and we didn’t have to wait long for the first shark to arrive, with divers in they saw some great activity as two sharks took their turns coming by. However once the second cage of divers was in the sharks dissappeared, we waited patiently, we patiently waited for their return and after 35 minutes we were rewarded with the arrival of a 4.2m beauty. This female we do know, recognizable by distinctively serrated dorsal and small white mark on the upper edge of the fin. We have not seen her since August last year so it is great to welcome her back and show our guests the impressive size these sharks can grow to! What a shark filled, exciting and memorable day out in the bay, we hope these sightings will continue, it’s a breath of fresh air after our shark scarce January…

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Shark Diving in Gansbaai, 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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