Diving Daily Blog 04 April 2015 (Trip 1 + 2) | Great White Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai

Guest comment: “Amazing! Thank you so much. Such a great team, thank you for looking after us!” – Kelsey, Becky + Sam

“Excellent – service/guides were great. Next time warmer water please!” – Jessica + Christian

“Fantastic, thank you so much to the staff especially the guide for answering all our questions!” – Matthew + Sophie


Location: Joubertsdam
Water Temperature: 14.1’C + 14.8’C

Depth: 11.0m + 9.9m

Visibility: 1.0m + 0.5m

Number of Sharks: 6 + 8

Conditions: Overcast with scattered rain, small swells and increasing wind.

Well the weather today really didn’t inspire people to go out into the Atlantic Ocean and jump in! We had some very Winter like conditions today with grey skies constantly threating to pour down on us and on some occasions throughout the day this is exactly what it did, but our divers planned on getting wet anyway and sharks don’t mind a bit of water after all! The morning trip had close to a 40 minute wait for a shark to be spotted, however the first one to arrive turned out to be “Little Rosie” who is well worth the wait. The trip continued with juvenile White Sharks turning up to say hello before a 3.8m beauty took a pass for all to marvel at. Whilst this trip experienced some small breaks in shark activity, there is always something to watch whether it be the surrounding landscape, the other boats or the local wildlife such as the Cape Gannets that can sometimes be seen from the boat. This morning those on board got more than they bargained for when one of the juvenile Cape Gannets was predated upon by a White Shark as it sat on the water’s surface. This happens every now and again due to mistaken identity and the shark usually lets it go once it realises what it is. Fortunately for this bird it was only minor and our sister boat Whale Whisperer was able to pick up the bird and take it to our brand new African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary for treatment. The second trip of the day got off to a drizzly start as we got our divers into their suits on land to allow them the comfort of dry close after the trip. This trip saw quite a few larger individuals around including the current queen of the bay, “Rosie”, the new comer to the bay, “Malcolm X” and a large female who popped up for a sneak attempt on the bait line before swimming off, not to be seen again. We were also graced by the presence of the newly named “Pieter”, a juvenile male that came through at the end of this trip, possibly he was feeling a bit guilty as it was this particular shark that gave our Cape Gannet a bit of surprise on the first trip. A wet yet wonderful day out on Slashfin…

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