Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

3 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks - INCREDIBLE.

2 November 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: Dropped on 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and then we had several sightings of Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 3 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks - INCREDIBLE.  1 friendly Potato Bass.  Lots of reef fish. A FANTASTIC DIVE!!!!

Beautiful dive for a rainy Sunday!

28 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles - THE ARCH: Saw 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and 2 MASSIVE Round Ribbontail Rays!!! Mid water we had 1 Remora stick with us for about 20 minutes along with 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark that came in for a visit. A wonderful array of 'jellies' waiting for us at the 5m mark. Beautiful dive for a rainy Sunday!

Mid water 5 different Oceanic Blacktip sharks, popping in and out ...

27 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles - THE ARCH: Started off with a Hammerhead shark on the surface on the way out, coupled with 3 Humpback Whales. Saw a Potato Bass and a couple of reef fish. Mid water we glimpsed about 50+ shoaling Hammerhead sharks!!!! Mid water 5 different Oceanic Blacktip sharks, popping in and out, all the way to the safety stop! Lots of interesting 'jellies'.

1 Huge Brindle Bass 'guarding' THE ARCH.

20 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: AWESOMENESS ... dropped in on about 10 Dolphins!!! Found lots of Ragged-tooth shark teeth in the second cave. Also a few Nudibranchs in the second cave. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks in mid water and 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out of the safety stop. Lots of reef fish and lots of incredible Plankton. FANTASTIC DIVE!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles - THE ARCH: 1 Huge Brindle Bass 'guarding' THE ARCH. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks in mid water. Lots of reef fish and lots of Plankton.  A REALLY GREAT DIVE!!!!!

Loads of 'jellies' to make the safety stop more interesting.

19 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: A bit of a crazy dive with the 'Protea Express', but still managed to spot some beautiful reef fish and plenty of Redfang Trigger fish on the bottom. Mid water, also managed to spot 2 Scalloped Hammerhead sharks!!! Loads of 'jellies' to make the safety stop more interesting.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Again, lots of reef fish and game fish. We saw a Puffer fish hiding in a hole, away from the current. Had a Bull (Zambezi) shark swim past and plenty of 'jellies' to keep us entertained mid water.

Saw so many Crayfish hiding in the reef ...

17 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: Loads of Redfang Trigger fish and reef fish milling around the pinnacles. Had a very playful Potato Bass who chilled with us for a while. Also saw so many Crayfish hiding in the reef.

30+ Ragged-tooth sharks around the caves and along the bottom

14 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: Dropped into the first cave, 30+ Ragged-tooth sharks around the caves and along the bottom. Lots of reef fish and Nudibranchs. Also found an overhang where 2 Potato Bass were lingering. Lovely to see the reef lit up in colour! Not too much viz mid water, but managed to spot 3 Scalloped Hammerhead sharks and an Oceanic Blacktip shark roaming around. Such a great dive!!

One huge TIGER shark the circled above us for most of our bottom time

13 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: Dropped into the second cave, 30 Ragged-tooth sharks around the caves. Lots of reef fish. One huge TIGER shark the circled above us for most of our bottom time. Saw 2 Potato Bass that were hanging around the Tiger shark. Caught a glimpse of an Octopus and bumped into a beautiful Ember Parrot fish.

A big Bull (Zambezi) shark popped in for a visit ...

7 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on the southern pinnacle with one Ragged-tooth shark hanging around. Also had a massive Round Ribbontail Ray drift with us for a while. LOADS of reef fish, shoaling game fish and 'bait balls'. Mid water we had 7 Hammerhead sharks, followed by a big Bull (Zambezi) shark who popped in for a visit, along with one or two Remora's. Very cool dive!!!

100+ Ragged-tooth sharks milling around!!!

6 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Got into the first cave, explored looking at Nudibranchs and collected teeth with 100+ Ragged-tooth sharks milling around!!! Also had a little Marbled Electric Ray with us for a while. Mid water we had 3 Dusky sharks pass us and so many shoaling gamefish! Lovely dive!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Reef alive with reef fish. 1 HUGE Round Ribbontail Ray. Saw a couple of Oceanic Blacktip sharks in the distance in mid water. Had beautiful Whale song throughout the whole dive. Blissful!

35+ Dusky sharks patrolling the water!!! What a sight!!!

5 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles - THE ARCH: Dropped in on 2 Ragged-tooth sharks. Reef fish everywhere! Spent some time exploring and playing at the THE ARCH before heading up to mid water. Plenty of Tuna as well as 2 shoals of Hammerhead sharks (50+)!!!! Also saw a Giant Hammerhead shark - YAY! On the safety stop had fun playing with all the interesting 'jellies'. Such a great dive!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Decided to venture into the second cave and scout for teeth. Saw over 40 Ragged-tooth sharks and loads of shoaling game fish. During our multi-level, we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks as well as 35+ Dusky sharks patrolling the water!!! What a sight!!! Again, had fun on our safety stops looking at the various species of 'jellies' that are visiting at the moment. Breathtaking dive!!!

We had HUNDREDS of shoaling Tuna race past us, followed by a greedy Oceanic Blacktip shark ...

4 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 12m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Had a great time exploring the pinnacles! Loads of reef fish, Nudibranchs and Crayfish to see. Mid water we had HUNDREDS of shoaling Tuna race past us, followed by a greedy Oceanic Blacktip shark who was having fun chasing it's food! Also had fun playing with the 'jellies' and Plankton mid water. A really nice dive!

Nice relaxing dives today on Protea Banks ...

3 October 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: We got to the caves and spent some time collecting teeth before moving on. So many beautiful reef fish. Had a couple of Oceanic Blacktip sharks join us mid water and then were entertained by all the interesting 'jellies'. Nice relaxing dive :)

DIVE 2 -  Southern Pinnacles: A bit colder, but again, all the life on the reef kept us swimming around with lots to see! One of the Potato Bass came to check us out. Loads of shoaling game fish mid water.

Lovely dives!

A Humpback Whale passed about 10m above us mid water - WOW!!!

30 September 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 12m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on a school of Hammerhead sharks being chased by an Oceanic Blacktip shark. Loads of reef fish on the pinnacles. Had another huge school of Hammerhead sharks (100+) !!! A Humpback Whale passed about 10m above us mid water - WOW, WOW, WOW!!! And also a Giant Hammerhead shark popping in and out from 15m+. Shoaling game fish being chased by Oceanic Blacktip sharks on the safety stop. A truly AMAZING dive!!!

Saw 1 Ragged-tooth shark lingering around THE ARCH.

24 September 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles - THE ARCH: Saw 1 Ragged-tooth shark lingering around THE ARCH. Had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks around mid water. Had lots of Redfang Trigger fish and plenty of reef fish around the pinnacles. Wonderful Dive!! 

A WALL of HAMMERHEAD sharks, must have been more than 500 ... EPIC!!!

23 September 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 12m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: A WALL of HAMMERHEAD sharks, must have been more than 500 ... EPIC!!! 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Lots of reef fish! INCREDIBLE DIVE!!!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: More shoaling HAMMERHEAD sharks, but not as many as the first dive ... AWESOME! 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. HUGE shoal of Kingfish and Bonito. Lots of reef fish. A FANTASTIC DIVE!!!!! 

Saw SHOALING HAMMERHEAD sharks twice.

22 September 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: Saw SHOALING HAMMERHEAD sharks twice. 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks that popped in and out. Lots of reef fish. Nice to get back in the water again, but not great viz. 

WOW!!!! So much life to see today!!

4 September 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: WOW!!!! So much life to see today!! Our dive started with a Southern Right Whale and her new born WHITE baby playing on the backline when we launched, along with a huge school of Dolphins. Reef alive with fish. In mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks pop in for a visit, and then at 5m we had another 3 come to say goodbye. Lovely dive!!!

2 Humpback Whales graced us with their presence by swimming right under us at 15m!!

29 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Ragged-tooth sharks in the cave and loads of beautiful reef fish! Had 3 very friendly Potato Bass, accompanied by a big Brindle Bass. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks joined us from 10m+ and stayed with us till the end. Great dive!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Southerns was alive with reef fish today. Found a HUGE Moray Eel, along with a massive Cowrie shell. Had an Oceanic Blacktip shark pop in for a short visit and then 2 Humpback Whales graced us with their presence by swimming right under us at 15m!!! What a great dive!!! Definitely one for the log books!!! WOW!!!! So much life to see today!!

4 Potato Bass - one very friendly.

27 August 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark. 4 Potato Bass - one very friendly. Lots of shark teeh in the caves but no Ragged-tooth sharks. Lots of reef fish and a Remora that stayed with us for most of the dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark in mid water. Dropped in on a Potato Bass. 2 HUGE Round Ribbontail Rays. Lots of reef fish and Trigger fish.

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