Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

LOTS OF RAGGIES, HAMMERHEADS AND BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS!!

5 August 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: reverse
Viz: 10m, milky
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had Ragged-tooth sharks all around us. We also had loads of reef fish, 2 Potato Bass and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 2 Ragged-tooth sharks. Safety stop we had 1 Hammerhead shark.

Flying fish seen from the boat.

LOTS OF RAGGIES, HAMMERHEADS AND BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS!!

3 August 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: reverse
Viz: 10m, milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had Ragged-tooth sharks all around us. Every minute we had a creepy Raggie sneaking up on us. We then just saw a few odd reef fish and in the cave and around we had some more Ragged-tooth sharks. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the dive we had 3 Hammerhead sharks passing above us. On the reef we had no action just a few reef fish. Mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we 4 Ragged-tooth sharks and 1 Potato Bass. Mid water we had 3 very curious Oceanic Blacktip sharks in and out.

DIVE 4 - Northern Pinnacle: We got straight into the second cave and no Ragged-tooth sharks but lots of shark teeth. On the way to the first cave we had lots and lots of Ragged-tooth sharks. Also an Oceanic Blacktip shark popped in. The reef was stunning with lots of reef fish. Then 2 REALLY OVER FRIENDLY Potato Bass, decided the divers were very interesting ... and went in for a kiss. Mid water we had 3 very curious Oceanic Blacktip sharks in and out. Just as we were about to get out the water we had a Hammerhead shark come cruising by. FANTASTIC DIVE.

Whales, Dolphins and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

HAMMERHEADS, BLACKTIPS, ZAM'S AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS

2 August 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: reverse
Viz: 8 - 10m 
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius.

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had 1 Hammerhead shark, 4 Ragged-tooth sharks, 1 Potato Bass and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 1 small shoal of Hammerhead sharks and 8 Oceanic Blacktip sharks just interacting with the divers.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: On the drum we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. On the outer edge we had a small shoal of Hammerhead sharks and on the very end of our dive we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark pulling in.

Whales seen from the boat and very loud underwater. Flying fish seen from the boat.

WHALES SEEN ON SCUBA TODAY.

31 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: reverse
Viz: 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As we dropped in we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. On the reef we had 20+ Ragged-tooth sharks, 2 Potato Bass and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 20+ Ragged-tooth sharks, 3 Potato Bass and lots of reef Fish. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 WHALES and 2 Ragged-tooth sharks.

Whales seen from the boat.

BLACKTIPS, TIGER, DUSKY AND RAGGIES SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS

30 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: reverse
Viz: 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As we dropped in we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and on the way down had 1 Ragged-tooth shark. On the reef we had 2 Ragged-tooth sharks and 1 over friendly Potato Bass. Mid water we had 1 TIGER shark, 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Dusky shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 20+ Ragged-tooth sharks, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, 2 Potato Bass and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 1 Dusky shark.

Whales seen from the boat.

RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS EVERYWHERE TO BE SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS

27 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 15m milky
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Baited started slow with 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Potato Bass and 1 Ragged-tooth shark. After awhile the sharks decided each to bring a friend so we then had 2 Ragged-tooth sharks, Blacktips went overboard again and we ended up with 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 4 Potato Bass.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 100's of Ragged-tooth sharks. We had so much fish activity from small reef fish to nice Cape Yellowtail. As we reached the end of our bottom time we came across a shoal of Ragged- tooth sharks and just behind them a Tiger shark turned and came straight to us. Mid water we had 9 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 5 Ragged-tooth sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

WOW!!! THIS WEEKEND STARTED OFF WITH AN AWESOME DAY.

21 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 25m+ bottom and 15m milky near the top
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Dropped in and just WOW!!! - 15 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and Suresh saw a Whale in the distance.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Eagle Ray, 3 Potato Bass and a Ragged-tooth shark. Then as we swam along the reef Suresh 'played around' with Moray Eel. We then saw something that might be a Whale, so we kicked for all that we are worth and as luck would have it we had 4 Humpback Whales on scuba. The other things we saw on the reef was Geelbek, Tuna, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark, loads of Bream and 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Copper shark.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

LOOK LIKE THE HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ARE STARTING TO SETTLE BACK ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!

20 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: Managed to get to the second cave but no Ragged-tooth action. Current sucked me out the cave and we saw a Potato Bass, a Bridle Bass and a Malabar Rockcod as well as lots of reef fish. Made it 'La la la land', it was stunning. Just as we started making out way up, we saw a Greater Hammerhead shark, an Oceanic Blacktip shark and an Eagle Ray. On the way up we had a couple of Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: What a great dive ... and great to see the Hammerheads are on their way back to Protea Banks. We had regular sighting of Hammerhead sharks from the beginning of the dive to the end. We also had an Oceanic Blacktip shark. On the reef we had a great variety of reef fish.

So many Whales seen breaching from the boat and we could hear them underwater for the whole dive.

LOADS OF FUN ON THE DIVE TODAY.

17 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius.

Baited Shark Dive: Started the dive with a TIGER shark chewing on the drum. We then had 9 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark join in the action.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

ZAM'S AND BLACKTIPS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

16 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Normal
Viz: 15m Milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of Reef fish and 1 Zambezi (bull) shark. Mid water we had 1 Zambezi (bull) shark and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Whales seen breaching from boat.

WHALES, HAMMERHEADS, BLACKTIPS AND ZAM'S.

11 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had loads of reef fish, 1 Black Musselcracker, 1 Parrot fish, 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we got to 'The Arch' where we had shoaling Bigeye Kingfish, 2 big Golden Kingfish and loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 shoals of about 5 Hammerhead sharks, 1 Ragged-tooth shark, 1 greater Hammerhead shark and 2 Humpback Whales.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

NOTHING BETTER THAN STARTING MONDAY WITH A EARLY MORNING DIVE.

9 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 12m milky
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Started off with 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. The sharks then smelled the Tuna we had in the drum, so we ended up with 9 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Greater Hammerhead shark.

Lots of Whales seen breaching from the boat. Two right next to the boat.

DIVED WITH FIVE DIFFERENT SPECIES OF SHARKS TODAY.

8 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m milky
Sea Temp: 22 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass, and plenty of reef fish. Mid water we were hoping for a Whale but instead we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a shoal of Hammerhead sharks.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: So Jaco saw a Tiger shark from the boat and just screamed GO!! GO!! ... so luckily as we are we dropped in with this 4,5m TIGER shark and it just circled us for 5 minutes then left and came back with a few friends. Throughout the whole dive we had 4 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 9 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

WE ARE GETTING BETTER BY SPOTTING WHALES

7 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Normal
Viz: 20+m
Sea Temp: 22-23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 6 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, Reef fish. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and only 2 Humpback Whales.

Whales seen breaching from boat.

CLYSTAL CLEAN WATER AND WARM AND FULL OF SHARKIES

6 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 20+m
Sea Temp: 22 - 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the dive we had 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Dusky shark. We also had Whales singing throughout the dive.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks. On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 3 Dolphins.

FANTASTIC DIVES TODAY!!!

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

LOADS OF FUN DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

5 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Potato Bass, loads reef fish, a few divers and loads of water. The reef was really pretty today. Mid water we had 1 big Dusky shark and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

LOADS OF ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

4 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 15m milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 1 Zambezi ( Bull) shark, Potato Bass and plenty of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had beautiful fish action. We also had 1 Potato Bass and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks chasing a small shoal of Rainbow Runners.
 
DIVE 3 - Baited Shark Dive: As we got in it was a bit of a wait ... but then 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks decided to come and keep us company. It was nice just having 2 of them around cause we spent quite a bit of time with them BUT then their brothers and sisters got jealous and wanted so attention to so another 8 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks joined for some action. Just below us towards the end of the dive we saw a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. It was an action packed dive on Protea today.
 
DIVE 4 - Baited Shark Dive: We had such an epic baited dive in the morning that we decided to do another one. As we got in there were 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks waiting to say HI:) Whilst we were being entertained some more came ... so we had a total amount of 8 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks on our second baited shark dive. Whales were heard through most of the dive.
 
Whales seen breaching from the boat.

HAMMERHEADS, BLACKTIPS AND ZAM'S ON PROTEA BANKS.

3 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS.

Current: normal
Viz: 12m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: On the dive we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark throughout the dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: Got down to the reef and BOOM!! a shoal of Hammerhead sharks. While we drifted we had Hammerhead sharks all around, 1 Potato Bass, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Mid water we had 1 shoal of Hammerhead sharks cruising underneath us.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

LOADS OF FUN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

1 July 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 20m +
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As we went down we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark. The dive then turned into a full on action packed dive with 16 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and 1 TIGER shark.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: In the cave we had 2 Ragged-tooth sharks and 1 baby Raggie. On the reef we had loads of reef fish. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. AND THEN on the safety stop we had 1 HUMPBACK WHALE!!!

DIVE 3 - Northern Pinnacle: What a stunning dive with 4 species of shark on the dive. The dive started with a massive Bull (Zambezi) shark coming in for a look. Then on the way to the caves a TIGER SHARK cruised on by. After being distracted by the TIGER SHARK we made it to the second cave where we had a few Ragged-tooth sharks just chilling in the cave, including a baby one. We also had lots of reef fish and a Potato Bass  and Musselcracker on the reef. As were were making our way to mid water we spotted a 'new cave' with some more Ragged-tooth sharks just chilling. Mid water was full of action with Bull (Zambezi) and Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Whales constantly heard underwater.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

NICE AND RELAXED DIVING TODAY.

30 June 2018 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we drifted over the cave where we saw 1 Ragged-tooth shark. We then had another Ragged-tooth shark just cruising in the current and loads of reef fish. Mid water after a long time of just floating in the blue we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark.

Whales seen breaching from the boat.

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