The boats are now working in both locations in Gansbaai at the Island and at the beach. The pattern of the sharks is changing every day and the crews must be on their guard daily when choosing which location to work at. We have had some excellent days at Dyer Island and Shark Alley with visibility at around 10 meters and up to 14 Great White Sharks per trip. The transition has definitely started now and hopefully all of the boats will be at the Island daily and as the season has started late hopefully the sharks will stay at the Island until November!! Fingers crossed! The Sardine Run is starting to warm up with some bait ball activity but at the moment only with Red-eye which is a type of Sardine that looks extremely similar to Sardines but instead of swimming in a tight ball when under threat from predators that move around rapidly at a group. This makes it very hard to keep up with but when we manage to catch the group then the activity is spectacular with stunning viewing of diving Gannets, Dolphins charging through the ball as well as Sharks lurking below ready to dart up to the surface to have a mouth full. There are an abundance of Hump Back Whales as per normal and this is truly a spectacular wildlife show!
The breaching in False Bay has been immense with up to 28 attempted predations on seals on a single trip with 12 successful kills. This is a must to see if you are here for the winter from June – end August!
The Blue & Mako Shark season has now ended with regular cold fronts making the trip into the blue out of the question and with such good Great White shark activity then this is the Choice thing to do if you are close to Simons Town.
Al in all it has been a fantastic week for the shark diving trips. We have had some severe storms over the last few days on the Cape Town coast with more cold fronts approaching to hit us for the first half of the week. On the upside, hopefully the sharks will be back at the Island at Shark Alley after this storm and the Sardine Run picks up into full flight!!