Daily Blog 3 April 2016 | Shark Diving Gansbaai

Guest comment: “Awesome! Thank you for such a professional job” – Brian & Courtney

“Great crew, amazing adventure!  Thank you. ” – Marla


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 16.5°C + 16.5°C + 17°C
Depth: 7m + 11m +8m
Visibility: 1.0m + 1.0m +0.5m
Number of Sharks: 10+  14 + 8
Conditions: Sunny, south westerly wind and swell.

After two no sea days we had an early start with a beautiful sunrise over the bay. We just anchored and dropped the cage and then we already spotted our first great white shark. We were spoiled this morning to see ten different individuals. We had shark activity throughout the whole trip. The biggest white shark we encountered on this trip was around 4.5 meter. We also had two sting rays approaching the cage and trying to get the bay. It’s always nice to see them coming up from the bottom and having a look at us before they disappear again in the deep.

Our second trip was incredible! The milky sediment rich sea contrasted the dark silhouettes of each shark allowing us to spot them clearly on the surface from a good distance. At one point we counted five individual sharks mulling around us! Even though the viz was terrible, our divers all managed to see something from the cage. Both big ‘Rosie’ and ‘mini Rosie’ showed up as did ‘Paisley’  an acoustic tagged shark. ‘Cut fin’ also made an appearance- a thin juvenile with a very prominent injury to its dorsal fin caused by a boat propeller. We last saw this shark five months ago so it was really nice to see it back and looking healthier. We even saw short tailed stingrays and Skuas- as if the 14 white sharks weren’t enough of a privilege!

On the third trip for the day we had a bit more wind then on the previous ones, but the sharks were just as amazing. “Rosie” a 4.2 meter female we know quite well showed up. We also spotted “Dolphin Fin” briefly before it decided to go its own way. After active sharks we were heading back to Kleinbaai harbour and are happy that we had such an awesome day with incredible animals.

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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