Daily trip 16th September 2012
Sharks Sighted: 10 & 8
One of the all-time great days in Joubertsdam; stunning and massive white sharks, flat calm seas, not a cloud in the sky and mating Southern Right Whales. Our first trip launched from Gansbaai harbour on account of the tide and the result was whale sightings in the first few seconds of the trip – first breaching in the distance and then a mating group close to the kelp. As we arrived on anchor we were greeted with 3 massive sharks between 4.5 and 5 m in length, they included ‘Evil Fin’ and the legendary Darwin; this shark has been sighted every September in Joubertsdam for the past 6 years and today was our first sighting of her this year. She’s grown massive and is very close to ‘Evil fin’ in size.
On our second trip we met what could very well become a new legend ‘Slashfin II’ like the original Slashfin the fin of this shark has been torn in 3 places and will very likely heal in a similar way to the large male who patrols Dyer Island each year. This shark is very close to 5 m in length and was in unbelievable form. Lunging and breaching at the bait time after time giving almost all of our cage divers up close looks at her fresh bite wounds. They will heal and we will be able to keep a keen eye out for this shark for years to come.