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BIG BULL (Zambezi ) sharks ...

14 October 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

 DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: A glimpse of 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Didn't have much action but the reef really looked nice and was active including a Potato Bass.
 
DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped down on 2 very sizable Bull (Zambezi) sharks. Saw a Dusky on the reef. Then 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks at about 10m.
 
Saw some Humpback Whales, flying fish and a Turtle from the boat today.

Wasn't the best dive ever but it was still a really nice day out at sea!!

11 October 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 8m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and 2 Marble Electric Rays.
 
Today was a pretty unorthodox day as we had more fun out there on the boat then on the dive. While chilling on the boat we were playing with a fish attracting flasher and ended up with a whole bunch of sharks - 1 Tiger shark, 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Dusky sharks and some Wahoo to be specific ...
 
Humpback Whales and Dolphins seen from the boat - divers got nice and close with the pod of Dolphins.
 
Wasn't the best dive ever but it was still a really nice day out at sea!!

5 Species of sharks ... EPIC!!!!

10 October 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 8m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Ragged tooth shark, 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark, 2 Dusky sharks, 1 Oceanic blacktip shark and about 100 shoaling Hammerhead sharks!!!
 
DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: ................. Plankton ... *cough cough*
 
There were some Humpback Whales seen from the boat.
 
Wicked 1st dive on Protea Banks.

2 SETS OF SHOALING HAMMERHEAD SHARKS!!!!!

9 October 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Only had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and a Potato Bass. Eish!
 
DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 SETS OF SHOALING HAMMERHEAD SHARKS - first set came straight through us whilst we were on the bottom and second set while at 15m. 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Potato Bass. Also loads of pretty reef and a small shoal of Barracuda.
 
There were some Humpback Whales and had one breaching with his/her mouth wide open about 40m away from the boat. Also some Dolphins and flying fish seen.

High action with Dusky sharks!

7 October 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m, clear at the bottom, just a bit milky till about midway
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Shoaling Hammerhead sharks - about 50 that we could see clearly. 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 4 Dusky sharks. A Potato Bass with pretty reef fish around.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and about 6 Dusky sharks. Protea's pretty reef fish along the Southern Pinnacle.

A few Humpback Whales and flying fish all seen from the boat.

Kiff day of diving with some high action sessions during our 2nd dive with the 6 Dusky sharks.

2 TIGER SHARKS!!!!!

5 October 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Tiger sharks!! About 10 Dusky sharks with like 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks around. Also lots of pretty fish.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Lots of pretty reef fish.

Some Humpback Whales and flying fish all seen from the boat. Knarly dive.

BAITED SHARK DIVE: 3 species of sharks ...

4 October 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

BAITED SHARK DIVE: About 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 3 Dusky sharks, with 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks seen patrolling the depths.

Some Humpback Whales, Dolphins and flying fish all seen from the boat.

Not Protea Banks's proudest day ...

27 September 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 5 - 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and some reef fish.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Glimpses of a Greater Hammerhead shark and 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark.

Some Humpback Whales, Dolphins and flying fish all seen from the boat.

Not Protea Banks's proudest day ...

Northern and Southern Pinnacles ...

26 September 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Potato Bass.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Bull ( Zambezi) sharks, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Dusky shark.

Some Humpback Whales and flying fish all seen from the boat.

Cool dive ...

19 September 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks with a lot of pretty reef fish seen.

Humpback Whales seen from the boat and lots of flying fish showing off. Cool dive.

Really cool baited shark dive.

18 September 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

BAITED SHARK DIVE: 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Dusky sharks and 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. Also Bonito popping in and out grabbing some snacks.

An adult Humpback Whale was seen breaching and Dolphins also seen from the boat. Really cool dive.

MORE EPIC DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS ... SHOALING HAMMERHEAD SHARKS AND MORE! WHAT A DIVE!!!!!!

14 September 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m, Plankton in the water
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: On a dive like today, not even sure where to start ... started off with an Oceanic Blacktip shark and then some Hammerhead shark action, then more Hammerhead shark action, then 5 Eagle Rays, another Oceanic Blacktip shark, then more than a 100 SHOALING HAMMERHEAD SHARKS, more Oceanic Blacktip sharks and then non stop action between Hammerheads and Oceanic Blacktip sharks, till we surfaced 70 minutes later. Oh yes ... lots of fish down there but no time to even take notice. Whales also heard underwater near the end of the dive.

Dolphins and Humpback Whales seen from the boat.

SHOALING DUSKY SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY ... WHOOP, WHOOP ... WHAT A SIGHT! ANOTHER ONCE IN A LIFETIME DIVE!!!!!! ... AND WHO SAYS FRIDAY THE 13th IS UNLUCKY ...

13 September 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 8 - 10m, water full of Plankton, which reduced viz
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles (THE ARCH): 1 Ragged-tooth shark, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 1 HUGE Tomato Rockcod. Blacktip Kingfish. Lots of Trigger fish. A variety of Butterfly fish. Nice relaxed dive!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: About 70 SHOALING DUSKY sharks, coming right through the divers, what an incredible sight. At least 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. Another 3 Dusky sharks following the divers up and hanging around on the safety stop. Lots of Trigger fish and lots of reef fish. Kept busy looking at sharks as we had non stop action from beginning to end.

Lots of Humpback Whales seen today from the boat. Also two pods of Dolphins seen. Tuna also jumping out the water and with the sea looking like glass, who would not want to be on the dive.

100+ Scalloped Hammerhead sharks ...

7 September 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m, 'jellies' in water
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 100+ Scalloped Hammerhead sharks, 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Ragged Tooth shark. 1 Potato Bass. Lots of Red Fang Trigger fish and other pretty reef fish. Knarly dive !!!
 
Humpback Whales seen from boat and a few flying fish catching some air.

Neat dive!

6 September 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m, lots of 'jellies' in water
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Southern  Pinnacles: 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 1 BIG Dusky Shark and 1 Potato Bass.  Lots of Red Fang Trigger fish and big shoal of Angel Fish. Neat dive!
 
More than 30 Dolphins seen from the boat, and a small pod of Humpback Whales playing on the way back.

SHOALING HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ... whoop, whoop!

3 September 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20m, lots of 'jellies' in water
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 40+ Scalloped HAMMERHEAD sharks. 5 Greater HAMMERHEAD sharks. 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 2 Potato Bass. 1 Black Musslecracker. Lots of reef fish and 3 Nudibranchs. Stunning dive!

More than 20 Humpback Whales seen from the boat.

WE HAD 2 HUMPBACK WHALES ON THE BOTTOM OF THE REEF ... whoopeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!

1 September 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: 1 lonely Ragged-tooth shark, 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks darting in and out, plus 1 unidentified shark - too far to see. Big shoal of Bigeye Kingfish and 1 Barracuda. Also 1 big Turtle on the surface.
 
OH WE HAD 2 HUMPBACK WHALES ON THE BOTTOM OF THE REEF ... whoopeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!
 
Humpback Whales and seen from boat.
 
BREATH TAKING dive!!!

2 very friendly Bull (Zambezi) sharks ...

25 August 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m, milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 2 very friendly Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 Potato Bass. 1 lonely Remora following us for most of the dive. Lots of reef fish.
 
Humpback Whales and Dolphins seen from boat.
 
Really awesome dive!!!

A nice dive.

13 August 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m, milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks on the bottom of the reef, 1 Hammerhead shark and 4 curious Oceanic Blacktip sharks darting in and out. 1 huge Potato Bass stalking the divers in the beginning of the dive. Reef full of game fish and tropical fish.

Nice dive.

Oceanic Blacktip shark action.

11 August 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks darting in and out from the divers in mid water. 1 Potato Bass came up to the group to come see what we were up to. Lots of reef fish, with plenty of Natal Fingerfin and Kingfish playing in the Kingfish Gully.

Large group of Humpback Whales on the way out and Dolphins seen from the boat!

Really good dive.

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