Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

HAMMERHEADS ON OUR BAITED DIVE TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!!!!

 28 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degree Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Started of with 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks on the drum with more joining in. In total we had 8 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks!!!!! We also had 4 Hammerhead Sharks pass by pretty close a few times!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull Shark and 2 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish and got to see a few Nudibranches. LOL!!! Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark popping in and out.

Humpback Whales and Flying fish seen from the boat.

SUPER RELAXING DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

27 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - strong
Viz: 5 - 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degree Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On the reef we had lots of reef fish everywhere with a Oceanic Blacktip Shark circling in the distance. In the cave we had 4 Ragged tooth Sharks chilling around. Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out. We could also hear some Whales singing.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: As soon as we got to the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. Lots of reef fish and got to look at how beautiful our reef actually is!!! Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive. Lots of Jellyfish and Plankton.

Humpback Whales and Flying fish seen from the boat.

AMAZING ACTION PACKED BAITED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

26 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degree Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As we got into the water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks. After about 5 minutes we had full blown shark action with at least 15 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 8 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks all on the drum darting in and out !!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass with lots of reef fish all over. In the first cave we had 4 Ragged Tooth Sharks and in the second we had 2. Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out. We also had a Hammerhead Shark pass by briefly!!!! Lots of interesting jellyfish!!!!

BULL SHARKS VERY CURIOUS TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

25 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark. On the reef we had 3 Potato Bass, a Ragged Tooth Shark in the cave and another 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks. Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark keeping us busy for the rest of the dive. We also had a Greater Hammerhead Shark with another following shortly after!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: As soon as we got to the reef we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks circling around us. On the reef we had beautiful reef fish all over with 2 Potato Bass and a TURTLE!!!! Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark popping in and out.Some amazing Whale and Dolphin action seen from the boat!!!!

RAGGIES AND SHOALING HAMMERHEADS SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

24 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As soon as we got into the water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks. More joined in after a while and in total we had 7 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks. We could also hear some Whales singing!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass and a Zambezi (Bull) Sharks. Got to the second caves and we had about 6 Ragged Tooth Sharks chilling around inside. Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, 2 Dusky Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of the dive. We also had a shoal of about 50 Hammerhead Sharks pass by with a few of the smaller ones coming in closer to have a look!!!!!!!!!!

WHHHHAAAATTT?!!! HAMMERHEADS STILL SEEN ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

22 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 5m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had about 50 Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered everywhere. A few Potato Bass around with lots of reef fishes all over. Mid water we had 4 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks popping in and out.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Spent all of our bottom time with the Ragged Tooth Sharks again BUT this time we had some Hammerhead Sharks pass by!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOHHHOOOO!!!! Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Shark keeping us busy for the rest of the dive. Lots of jellyfish and plankton around.

A BABY TIGER AND A BABY WHALE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

21 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 8m
Sea Temp: 21 degree Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: A super exciting dive with a Baby TIGER SHARK, a very cheeky Dusky Shark, 7 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks all popping in and out keeping it action packed from beginning to end!!!!!!!In between the dives we had a Baby Whale playing around putting on a pretty amazing show!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had 100's of Ragged Tooth Sharks EVERYWHERE!!!! The reef was alive with beautiful little fishes all over and some gamefish around. Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks for the rest of the dive.On our way to and from the dive site we saw Dolphins and Whales playing around.

SUPER CLOSE ENCOUNTERS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

19 June 2017 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 8m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On the reef we had about 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks, a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and 2 Potato Bass. We also lots of reef and Gamefish all over. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks popping in and out with lots of Jellyfish and Plankton.

On our way to and from the dive site we saw Dolphins and Whales playing around.

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 degree 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 degree 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 degree 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 degree 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 degree 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 degree 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........ We 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 degree 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 degree 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 degree 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 degree 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.

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