Daily Blog 10 March 2019 | Cage Diving South Africa
“Fantastic! Number 1 on y bucket list ticked and it was awesome.” ~ Ed
“Amazing experience!!!” ~ Giovanni
“Great trip and great crew - thank you for an amazing tour." ~ Thwani + Fungai
Water Temperature: 16.0°C + 14.6°C
Depth: 10m + 7m
Visibility: 1m + 1m
Conditions: Overcast and rainy, with the sun breaking through in the afternoon.
A beautiful sunrise start as we set sail for the anchor site. We saw two Brydes whales blowing in the distance. A red tide and lots of seabird activity suggests high productivity in the area and we believe there may have been a few baitballs subsurface, possibly anchovy. First to show up at our boat were the bronzies - five of them - then appeared Mini-nemo to rule the roost! It is always amazing to see a large white shark right after the bronzies, the hierarchial procesws of know your place and size matters applies and you really see the behavioural differences between both species with bronzies making frequent slow passes for the divers and a large white shark bursts through the water at the bait and decoy. Two huge shorttailed stingrays also appeared and to round the trip off, an endless entourage of Cape cormorants flocked alongside our vessel for what felt like the entire journey back to the harbour.
For the second trip we headed back straight back to our dive site, and barely had we arrived and we saw our first white shark. Our divers quickly climbed into their wetsuits and were soon in the cage. We had a total of five great whites come up to our bait, including old favorites like Mini-Nemo and Clubtail. The white sharks were amazingly active, coming up out of the deep to put our baithandlers to the test. Every now and again a bronze whaler got the guts to visit the cage, and even the two short-tailed stingrays came up to visit our guests. With the amazing activity around the boat, our guests had a fantastic time seeing the sharks from our vessel.