Daily Blog 27 June 2015 (Trip 1 + 2) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

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“Superb experience with a knowledgeable, experienced and helpful crew. So glad we got the chance to see these amazing animals up close.” –Antonia % Ivon

“Spectacular, keep up the effort towards the Great White protection” – Jay

Date:  27-06-2015
Location:  Wilfred’s Klip + Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.9C + 14.9C
Depth: 22.1m + 18.0m
Visibility: 5m + 4m
Number of Sharks: 5 + 4
Conditions:  A sunny morning with increasing cloud overage as time passed

With the slow trips we have been having the last few days we were curious to where we would find the sharks today. Yesterday we found shark at Wilfred’s Klip so we went back to that area to see if the sharks were still around. Unfortunately this was not the case so we decided to try the Geldsteen. We did find lots of White-chinned petrels and Giant petrels around the boat, the Giant petrels were even fighting over a spot in the chum line. We were luckier here as we managed to spot 5 different sharks on our first trip. Amongst the sharks we saw was Frownie, a 3m male that we have seen in the shallows and at Wilfred’s Klip before. He is showing very different behavior around the island compared to his behavior in the shallows where he is usually very relaxed and calm. The biggest shark we saw was a 4m female with some parasite patches on her head. Apart from the parasites we could identify old clamp markings on her dorsal fin. They are barely visible so they healed very well. For our second trip we headed back to the Geldsteen and did not have to wait too long for sharks to show up. The wind direction had changed quite a bit so the boat was dragging and after a while were too far out of the area where the sharks were. We got the anchor back and moved back to our initial anchor spot at the Geldsteen and immediately after getting back on anchor the sharks were around the boat again. We saw the same 4m female with the clamp mark amongst 3 other sharks. One of the sharks had very bright rosies on both sides of the dorsal fin and we initially thought it might be a female shark we know as little rosie. We later found out that this was not the case as the shark we saw today was a male.

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