Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!!

18 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: very mild
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: As we got in the water we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark. The reef was very relaxed with no current. On the reef we had a Ragged-tooth shark and a HUGE Zambezi (Bull) shark). We also had an amazing TURTLE encounter. On the way up we had a big shoal of Bonito and Rainbow Runners with some Oceanic Blacktips darting in and out and they continued to pop in and out for the most part of the dive. Also another encounter with a Bull shark. Overall a very relaxed dive.

Some Dolphins seen from the boat and Jaco saw loads of Whales while on the boat.

JUST CALL ME DOLPHIN GIRL!!!!

17 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: very mild
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: The reef was full of Ragged-tooth sharks. Also saw a Potato Bass. When we got to the first cave the, it was full, full, full of Ragged-tooth sharks. Made our way along the ledge spotting more Ragged-tooth sharks. Just before the second cave we made our ascent. On the way up we had about 8 Dolphins come by ... JUST CALL ME DOLPHIN GIRL (my last few dives on Protea, I have had Dolphins on scuba) ... although it was our famous Suresh Naidoo that spotted them first. Midwater we had a quick sighting of an Oceanic Blacktip and then a Zambezi (Bull) shark circling underneath us for a bit. Also some Remora's keeping us company.A very nice chilled dive, with and awesome group of divers.

Whales seen from the boat and Dolphins seen just before we got in the water.

SHARKS COMING IN FROM ALL ANGLES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

16 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had many Ragged Tooth Sharks. We had many of them in the caves and got one or two sharks teeth. As we swam through the second cave we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Mid water we had 2 Hammerhead Sharks.

2 Whales seen from the boat.

SHARKS COMING IN FROM ALL ANGLES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

15 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had at least 50 Ragged Tooth Sharks. We had at 20 of them in the caves and got one or two sharks teeth. We also had 3 Potato Bass, 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks darting in and out. Lots of Jellyfish and Plankton.

Dolphins and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

THREE TIGER SHARK SIGHTINGS IN ONE REEF DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

14 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On our way to the first caves we had a Tiger Shark pass by!!!! In and around the caves we had Ragged Tooth Sharks. At least 50 of them. While we were chilling in the caves the Tiger Shark passed right over us again!!!!!!!! We also had 4 Potato Bass, a Mussel Cracker and so many reef fishes everywhere. As we started to multi-level we had the Tiger Shark come back a third time, checked out the divers then disappeared into the distance. Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive.

RAGGIES, TIGER, BULLS, BLACKTIPS AND A LIL' BIT WHALE ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

13 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark circling around us. On the reef we had 100's of Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered all over. We also had 4 Potato Bass, a Eagle Ray, Round Ribbontail Ray and a Mussel Cracker. As we passed by the first cave we had a Tiger Shark pass right by us and as we started to multi - level we had another one come in super close, circled around the divers, then made his way. Mid water we had about 15 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out.On our surface interval we had a baby whale breaching and some Oceanic Blacktip Sharks around the boat.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On our way down we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark again. The caves was overflowing with Ragged Tooth Sharks, at least 50 of them. We had more Ragged Tooth Sharks all over the reef and a few Potato Bass around. A Tiger Shark passed right over us while we were playing around in the caves. Mid water we had about 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive.

RAGGIES GOING CRAZY ON THE BAIT DRUM ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

11 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: We had crazy shark action as soon as we got the drum into the water. We started out with 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks with more and more joining in. THEN ... w e had 5 Ragged Tooth Sharks come right up to the drum!!!! Weird seeing them move so fast!!!! LOL!!! As the dive went on we had layers of different shark species, with 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks circling at 15 meters, 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks at 10 meters and 15 Oceanic Blacktip at 8 meters!!! Great way to get your blood pumping in the recent cold mornings, well worth it!!!!!!!!

BULL SHARKS DOMINATING PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

9 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: A slow but very active baited dive with 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks. With No Oceanic Blacktip Sharks around we had some pretty amazing interaction with Zambezi (Bull) Sharks as they could come onto the drum without blacktips flying in and out. REALLY NICE TO SEE THEM SO UP CLOSE!!!! We also had a Copper Shark circle around the drum and close to the end of the dive we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: On our way down to the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass and in the caves we had about 15 Ragged Tooth Sharks. Mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out.

DOLPHINS, DOLPHINS, TIGERS AND DOLPHINS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

6 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 25 - 30m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On our way down to the reef we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling around us!!!! Felt like a Baited dive for a minute. On the reef we had 4 Potato Bass and Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered everywhere. In the caves we had about 20 Ragged Tooth Sharks and we got to pick up a few sharks teeth. Mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. As we were doing our safety stop we had a pod of about 20 Dolphins pass by!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: This time on our way down to the reef we had again a pod of 20 Dolphins pass by!!!!!! On the reef we had a TIGER Shark swim up to us, circle around a few times then made his way!!!!!! Got to spent some time in the caves again with Ragged Tooth Sharks everywhere. We also had 4 Potato Bass and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive.

DOLPHINS ON SCUBA AND SO MUCH MORE SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!

3 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: On our way down to the reef we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. On the reef we had SO MANY REEF FISH EVERYWHERE!!!! We forget sometimes how beautiful our reef is!!! Other than being amazed by the reef life we also had a pod of about 20 DOLPHINS pass by us!!!!!!!! After that we had a Mussel Cracker, 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keepingus busy for the rest of the dive.

TIGERS, TIGERS, TIGERS AND SO MUCH MORE SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

1 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: As we got to the reef we had 3 Potato Bass and 2 Mussel Crackers. In the first cave we had about 20 Ragged Tooth Sharks and on our way to the second caves we had a TIGER SHARK!!!!!! The second caves were filled up with Ragged Tooth Sharks, so many that it made it almost impossible get in. Mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Lots of Tuna and False fusiliers around.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: As we got to the first cave we had a TIGER SHARK passing by us and as we turned around to get to the second cave we had an even bigger TIGER SHARK!!!!! WHAAAAATTT!!!!! AMAZING!!!!!! There was Raggies scattered all over the reef and we had about 20 of them in the caves. We also had 4 Potato Bass and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. Mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Lots of Remoras.

HUMPBACK WHALES ARE HERE! AND SO MUCH MORE SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!

31 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - strong
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Started off the dive with vibrant coloured reef fish as far as one could see. Spotted a MASSIVE Potato Bass!! We had a few Oceanic Blacktips swimming in and disappearing, as well as 2 or 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks. We encountered a pod of Dolphins that swam through about 10m in front of us, what a beautiful sight! Ending off our dive, whilst listening to the Whales communicating from a distance, a spotted Eagle Ray cruised along the reef underneath us as well as a Greater Hammerhead Shark! Surface Interval - we had a Pod of Dolphins swim past the boat, as well as seeing Whales breach at least 4 times!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinacles: Started off with seeing 3 Ragged-tooth Sharks lazing about the reef until we hit the reef's cave where one could count over 30 Ragged-tooth Sharks. Again we had a few Oceanic Blacktip sharks swimming in and out with one or two Zambezi (Bull) Sharks joining them. We had over 20 Remoras being nuisances, and as expected with the Remoras, we had 3 Zambezi (bull) Sharks and 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks stick around until we ended the dive.

SUCH GREAT VIZ WITH ANOTHER TIGER SHARK ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!!!!

29 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 25 - 30m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had Ragged Tooth Sharks all over. In the first caves we had about 10 of them and as we drifted over the second we saw another 15. We also had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 4 Potato Bass. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: Started of with 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and so so so many Remoras. In total we had 15 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and a TIGER SHARK who circled around for a bit, then came in for a closer look, then disappeared into the distance!!!!!

NOT ONLY ONE BUT TWO TIGER SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

24 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: So Nivaldo Petry Filho left Protea Banks yesteday, which obviously meant we had not only one but two Tiger Sharks on our dives today. LOL!! As we got to the reef we had a TIGER SHARK cruising with us for a minute or two, then passed right past the divers into the distance. We also had at least 50 Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered all over the reef!!!!! Reef fish everywhere with 2 Potato Bass and a Mussel cracker. Mid water we had another TIGER SHARK!!!!!!!!!!! A very young one but super cute!!!!! We also had about 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out with a few Remoras getting a little cheeky!!!!!

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!! ANOTHER MANTA ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

23 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had a Potato Bass, lots of reef fish and Ragged Tooth Sharks all over. In the caves we had 5 Ragged Tooth Sharks and got a few sharks teeth. Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: We had Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered all over. We also had 2 Potato Bass and beautiful Nudibranches. LOL!! As we started to multi-level we had a MASSIVE MANTA RAY SWIM RIGHT UP TO US AGAIN, CRUISED WITH US FOR A BIT THEN MADE HIS WAY!!!!!!!! Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Shark and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive. We also 2 Hammerhead Sharks pop in for a second or two!!!!! WHAT A DIVE!!!!!!!

PROTEA BANKS BACK WITH ALL GUNS BLAZING!!!!! MANTA AND MARLIN ON OUR DIVES TODAY!!!!!

22 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had SO SO SO many Ragged Tooth Shark in the caves and all over the reef. We also had a MANTA RAY swim right up to us, circle around the entire group then went into the distance. After a few minutes he came in again, circle around, then disappeared. THEN CAME BACK FOR A THIRD TIME GETTING SUPER CLOSE TO US!!!!!!!! UNBELIEVABLE EXPERIENCE AND AMAZING INTERACTION!!!!!! CRAZYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks with lots of plankton and Jellyfish.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: We had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark on our drum when we got in the water. After a few minutes more and more joined in. In total we had at least 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks. Close to the end of the dive we had a MARLIN pass by!!!!!!!!! TO AMAZING FOR WORDS!!!!!!

TWO VERY DIFFERENT DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

21 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Well Protea Banks can't be perfect all the time...... On the reef we had 2 Ragged Tooth Sharks and some Bigeye Kingfish. Then on our safety stop we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Got to the second caves and had about 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks chilling around inside. We also had a few scattered all over the reef. We had 2 Potato Bass, a Oceanic Blacktip Shark and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and shoal of Hammerhead Sharks passed by. Great dive!!!!!!

AND ANOTHER MANTA ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

20 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, 2 Ragged Tooth Sharks and about 6 Guitar Sharks. Lots of reef fish all over. As we started to multi-level we had a MANTA RAY pass right by us. We also had 2 sets of 100's of shoaling Hammerhead Sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had a Mussel Cracker, 2 Potato Bass, a Oceanic Blacktip Shark and 2 Ragged Tooth Sharks. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Lots of Jellyfish and Plankton.

RAGGIES AS FAR AS THE EYE COULD SEE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

9 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: As we got to the reef we had Ragged Tooth Sharks EVERYWHERE!!!! 100's of them scattered all over the reef. As we passed the first cave we had a TIGER SHARK!!!!!!! The second cave was filled up with Ragged Tooth Sharks. We also had a Potato Bass, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 2 Mussel Crackers, a Potato Bass and 2 Eagle Rays. Again Ragged Tooth Sharks as far as the eye could see with a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark.

100's OF RAGGIES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

8 May 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had Ragged Tooth Sharks all over. We also had a Potato Bass and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark. We got to the second caves and it was full with Ragged Tooth Sharks. We must have had at least 20 of them. For the rest of our bottom time we had another 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. Mid water we had a Pod of about 15 Dolphins pass by super close to us!!!!!! We also had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and 2 Greater Hammerhead Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, easily 100 Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered all over the reef and we also had a TIGER SHARK!!!! Mid water we had a set of about 50 Shoaling Hammerhead Sharks, a Greater Hammerhead Shark, 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks!!!!!

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