Daily Blog 30 June 2019 | Cage Diving in South Africa
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Sightings: Great White Sharks and Short-tail stingray
Water Temperature: Moderate
The conditions continued to lessen today with the swell and wind decreasing from the past few days as we experienced a pleasant day out on a bright bay. The conditions may have been decreasing to a more favourable level but the shark activity was doing no such thing as we had our first Great White shark sighting very quickly once we were on anchor this morning. The trip started off with a feisty female we have been seeing in the bay for some time now, and she lived up to the description of feisty today with some fast and furious moves around the boat and some very sneaky attempts on our bait lines. Soon after her came the large, clean female that we have been seeing for close to a week now, great to see around, yet not likely to show much of herself as she dips and dives in and out of view. The female White sharks kept coming with a new addition for the day and also a new addition for the season as an estimated 3.0m female made her presence known, distinguished from the others was a very noticable bump to the trailing edge of the dorsal fin. It makes our team very happy to see new individuals coming into the bay however we still enjoy seeing the current regulars as a small female and Clampy, the 4.5m big female of the bay rounded off a fantastic trip.
We launched the second trip just before midday and were back on anchor quickly as was our feisty little female Great White shark that turned up only moments after we had, whilst she was busy cruising around the back of the boat and left side of cage a larger dark shadow came into view around the front of the boat as Shaun the shark made his presence know. This is a male White shark, approximately 3.3m in length, he has been documented on and off in the bay since the start of May, yet we have not seen him around our vessel for close to a week now, a happy afternoon to discover that he is still in the area. If the new addition to the bay this morning was exciting another new White shark was seen again this afternoon, as an approximate 2.8m female appeared, very easy to identifiy amongst all the other juvenile sharks we have seen recently as she is sporting a healed bite mark to her head, what looks like healed entanglement scars around her trunk just behind the 5th gill slit and a very large notch out of the trailing edge of the dorsal fin. This little shark was super inquisitive and make some very close passes by the cage making sure she was taking everything in and making a few attempts on our lines. To round of this stunning afternoon on sea we had our fourth shark appear, the large, clean female from earlier on in the day popped by to say good afternoon to our new guests. A Short-tail stingray also made a hasty move to the surface before deciding perhaps the shark activity was too much for it before disappearing into the depths.
A spectacular Sunday out on sea for the Marine Dynamics team and our guests.
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