Daily Blog 9 July 2015 (Trip 1 + 2) | White Shark Diving Gansbaai

Guest Comments:

“Phenomenal tour, truly professional and safe. I hope to see the conservation continue. Will miss the sharks!” –Philippe

“Amazing experience! So good to see sustainable wildlife tourism. Great work team, keep it up! – Nick& Kerry

Date:  9-7-2015
Location:  Geldsteen
Water Temperature: 14.5C + 14.4C
Depth: 13.3m + 10.9m
Visibility: 4m + 4m
Number of Sharks: 6 + 10
Conditions:  Cloudy and some easterly winds with a little bit of swell

The swell had has gone down compared to yesterday and wind directions changed from westerlies to easterlies. This meant that we were safe at the Geldsteen which is west of Dyer Island. We started with spotting some smaller sharks around the 3m mark. Later some bigger sharks showed up, close to 4m in length. Apart from sharks we spotted lots of Giant Petrels, 5 Southern Giant Petrels and 1 Northern Giant Petrels. We’ve been seeing a few lately but they seem to be increasing in numbers as we see more every day. For our second trip we launched at 12.30 and we headed back to the Geldsteen and a mere 5 minutes after getting on anchor we spotted our first shark. There was a big variety when it comes down to sizes including a 4m shark with a bite mark behind the gills on the right side. Simone and Georgia joined us today to try and get some tissue samples from the sharks and they managed to get one from a 3m Great White. The sample will be split amongst three different universities, Sussex, Cape Town and Stellenbosch. We also managed to spot even more Giant Petrels than what we spotted on our first trip. We ended up seeing a total of 11 different ones! That is an incredible number of Giant Petrels in our bay.

If you are looking to get up close and personal with the great white shark then Great White Shark Cage 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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