Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

20+ Hammerhead sharks chasing fish.

18 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - AREA 51: Beautiful pinnacles and overhangs to explore! Loads of crayfish and reef fish to see. Shoaling Fusiliers. In mid water we had a school of 20+ Hammerhead sharks chasing fish. Wonderful dive!!!

DIVE 2 -  Northern Pinnacles: A couple of beautiful Starfish, along with reef fish. Also had 2 tiny little fish follow us for the duration of the dive from mid water. Interesting 'jellies' to see at the 5m mark.

And then for the grand finale ... we had a MASSIVE SUN FISH ...

17 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5m from surface to mid water, 10m from mid water to bottom
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Plenty of reef fish and 'jellies'.

DIVE 2 - AREA 51: Dropped into beautiful pinnacles and overhangs with loads of reef fish!!! Came across 1 Brindle Bass. And then for the grand finale ... we had a MASSIVE Sun fish come and check us out - what a sight!!! What a wonderful dive!

A baby Marbled Electric Ray.

16 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: 10m at top, 20m from mid water down to bottom
Sea Temp: 16 to 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Lots of reef fish. 1 baby Marbled Electric Ray. 1 unidentified shark. Lots of 'jellies' mid water and at the safety stop.

DIVE 2 - AREA 51: Tuna. Lots of 'jellies' and a few small fish swimming round mid water and at safety stop.

The highlight of the dive was the 5 DIFFERENT sightings of shoaling Hammerhead sharks, 100+ at a time ...

14 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: At the beginning of our bottom time we came across 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. We saw a wonderful array of reef fish. We then spotted 1 Potato Bass and a shoal of Tropical Amberjacks. The highlight of the dive was the 5 DIFFERENT sightings of shoaling Hammerhead sharks, 100+ at a time, AMAZING experience!!!

Saw a big Porcupine fish ...

12 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Dropped into loads of shoaling reef fish with some game fish as well. Saw a big Porcupine fish and also an Eagle Ray. Lots of interesting 'jellies' at the safety stop. Nice relaxing dive.

Towards the end of the dive we were rewarded with 50+ Hammerhead sharks ... YAY!

10 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m at the surface but dirty coming down
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: We saw 1 Dusky shark in mid water. During our bottom time we picked up shoaling Kingfish and Tuna. Had beautiful visibility from the surface to about 20m. Saw plenty of Fingerfin lazing about.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: We saw 1 small Oceanic Blacktip shark in mid water. Had 1 Musselcracker briefly swim up to the group. Towards the end of the dive we were rewarded with 50+ Hammerhead sharks ... YAY! Saw some lovely 'jellies' near the surface.

Hammerhead sharks on AREA 51 ...

9 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 17 to 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - AREA 51: Dropped onto beautiful pinnacles and overhangs. Saw 1 friendly Potato Bass. Reef and game fish. In mid water we saw a school of Hammerhead sharks. Lots of interesting 'jellies' on the safety stop.

Had one curious Remora in mid water ...

8 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5m at top, 10m from mid water down to bottom
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: The reef was bustling with fish. Saw 2 Potato Bass during our bottom time. We were then joined by 2 Scalloped Hammerhead sharks very briefly in mid water. Had one curious Remora in mid water.

DIVE 2 - AREA 51: We saw 2 Potato Bass and 2 large unidentified sharks. Kingfish and lots of reef fish. Great dive!!

A large Round Ribbontail Ray on AREA 51.

4 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5m at top, 15m from mid water down to bottom
Sea Temp: 17 to 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - AREA 51: 1 large Round Ribbontail Ray. Along the reef, saw plenty of Red Fang Triggerfish and Big Eye Kingfish. In mid water we had 1 curious Dusky shark and a Brindle Bass.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: The reef was alive with fish. Saw a couple of Crayfish in the overhangs. In mid water and up to the 5m mark, we had plenty of interesting 'jellies' to look at. A wonderful day to dive!

100's and 100's of game fish ...

3 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 3m at top, 15m+ from mid water down to bottom
Sea Temp: 18 to 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: Dropped into very bad viz (3m!!!), but it opened up from about 25m so we could see a lot of the reef with plenty of fish hanging around. Drifted over the canyon area of the reef. Had shoaling Tuna and Kingfish to name a few. (100's!!) Absolutely amazing to have so many big, friendly game fish enjoying our company. Also had 2 Potato Bass ... one very curious one! No sharks, but the beauty of the reef made up for it. Really stunning dive.

A couple of Ragged-tooth sharks still hanging around ...

1 December 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5m at top, 15m from mid water down to bottom
Sea Temp: 18 to 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - AREA 51: Beautiful part of Protea Banks to explore! Plenty of pinnacles and canyons to explore. Loads of reef fish, as well as 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Also saw 1 Potato Bass with a Hammerhead in the distance behind it. Shoaling Tuna and Fusliers - WOW and also saw a couple of Nudibranchs the bottom.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Got to the first cave and had fun looking in the depths of it with a torch. A couple of Ragged-tooth sharks hanging round and also 1 Potato Bass. Plenty of reef fish to see as well.

DIVE 3 - AREA 51: Not a long dive because viz was getting worse at this point. But still managed to see plenty of reef fish before coming up to our safety stop.

Nudibranchs ...

30 November 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m at bottom, 5m from mid water up to safety stop
Sea Temp: 18 to 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped into a very dark milky ocean, but cleared up a bit on the bottom. No current, so had a great time looking at all the fish activity on the bottom. Saw 3 beautiful Nudibranchs and loads of reef fish. Unfortunately no sharks, but plenty of interesting 'jellies' to keep us entertained on the safety stop.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Dropped into the second cave. 1 Trumpet fish, Nudibranchs and shark teeth to look at. Carried on towards the end of the swim through where there was lots of fish activity around the rock formations. Finished our bottom time and ended the dive with 'jellies' on our safety stop.

Saw plenty of Natal Knifejaw ...

29 November 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: clean at bottom, milky mid water
Sea Temp: 17 to 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Saw plenty of Natal Knifejaw. We past a couple beautiful large feather corals. Had 1 large Round Ribbontail Ray. Lots of reef fish.  

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: We dropped in on a Guinea Fowl Eel, wow!! Plenty reef fish and lots of different kinds of 'jellies'.

Dropped in on a big shoal of Tuna.

27 November 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: clean at bottom, milky at 5m
Sea Temp: 18 to 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on a big shoal of Tuna. Saw 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and plenty of reef fish. Caught a glimpse of a couple of Scalloped Hammerheads in the distance. Some lovely 'jellies' at the safety stop.  

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Saw 1 Potato Bass near the caves. Inside the caves there were 4 Ragged-tooth sharks who came out to meet us. Lots of reef fish and very pretty inside the caves.

4 species of sharks on PROTEA BANKS today.

23 November 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: clean at bottom, milky at 5m
Sea Temp: very cold at the bottom, 21 degrees Celsius mid water

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Plenty of Oceanic Blacktip sharks and Dusky sharks throughout the dive. 1 Ragged-tooth shark on the bottom. 1 friendly Potato Bass and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray.  One small shoal Tuna. On the safety stop we had 50+ shoaling Hammerhead sharks - GREAT END TO THE FIRST DIVE!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Got to caves and saw 1 Marbled Electric Ray hiding in the sand and close to that, one Firefish. Saw 2 large Brindle Bass and 1 Potato Bass. Throughout the dive, we encountered 5 Ragged-tooth sharks and spotted a large White Musslecracker. Lots of Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Also 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks.

Round Ribbontail Rays on both the Northern and Southern Pinnacles.

20 November 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: no current
Viz: 5 - 15m
Sea Temp: 18 to 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Saw Humpback Whales breaching on the surface before we dropped. Had 2 large Round Ribbontail Rays pass by. Spotted 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark in the distance. Also a large shoal of Fingerfin fish. Wonderful viz on the bottom. Saw a couple of Trigger fish as well and lots of Plankton.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Saw 1 Pufferfish as well as one very large shoal Tuna. 3 Round Ribbontail Rays and 1 Musslecracker mid water. Loads of reef fish.

2 schools of Hammerhead sharks ...

19 November 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: Dropped into loads of shoaling reef and game fish. Drifted over a Round Ribbontail Ray and a friendly Potato Bass. Spotted 2 schools of Hammerhead sharks that swam quite close to us and then later some more Hammerhead sharks that checked us out on the 10m mark. Had about 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks that popped in and out from 10m to the 5m safety stop. Nice, chilled dive!

2 Greater Hammerhead sharks, and more ...

18 November 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on 3 Round Ribbontail Rays (1baby). We saw 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, most of them occurring from midwater and up. Water was turquoise from mid water up, lovely. Had one group of shoaling Hammerhead sharks, WOW!! Also saw 2 Greater Hammerhead sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: We saw 1 Guitar shark and a huge shoal of Bigeye Kingfish. Stumbled across one large, very well hidden Round Ribbontail Ray. And lastly saw shoaling Hammerhead sharks in mid water along with one absolutely huge Greater Hammerhead shark.

Dusky and Hammerhead sharks ... great day of diving!

13 November 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: A big school of Dolphins on the surface before the drop site - great start!!! Dropped in on a large shoal of Bigeye Kingfish. Spotted 1 small Bull (Zambezi) shark from above. Then we saw 3 Scalloped Hammerhead sharks and had 5 groups of shoaling Hammerhead sharks throughout the dive. Encountered 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks mid water. Also had a couple of Dusky sharks at the end of the dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Dropped in on a very curious Dusky shark. The reef was alive with fish on the bottom. Sighted one group of shoaling Hammerhead sharks, then stumbled across 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Mid water, saw a massive group of Dusky sharks (+20). Also saw 2 Hammerhead sharks on the safety stop. Lots of interesting 'jellies' to look at. A great day of diving!!

4 different schools of Hammerhead sharks (100's!)

12 November 2012 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: Dropped into loads of reef and game fish! Saw a Potato Bass, a MASSIVE Musselcracker and over 4 different schools of Hammerhead sharks (100's!) Also one Greater Hammerhead shark scouting the bottom and also 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark that popped in and out on the safety stop. Lovely dive!

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