2 November 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 10m+ – grey
Sea Temp: chilly for this time of year

So today was a ‘family’ day of diving on PROTEA BANKS and boy was my ‘family’ spoilt!!!!

DIVE 1 – Southern Pinnacles: Dropped into the water and had an Oceanic Blacktip shark straight away … a good start. The pinnacles were alive with reef fish and a BIG shoal of Bigeye Kingfish came flying through. We had a few single Hammerhead sharks sightings in the distance – I think there were more Hammerhead sharks around but the viz was ‘grey’ so hard to make out. On the way up, yes we had them, about 100 shoaling HAMMERHEAD sharks, so nice to ‘swim’ with them. SUCH AN EPIC DIVE!!!!!!! Lots of Plankton in the water to entertain us on the safety stop.

DIVE 2 – Northern Pinnacles: The current had picked up and the water was sooooooo chilly. As we got down a Potato Bass took a very keen interest in my reel, got to see the inside of a Potato Bass mouth. Got swept over the reef very quickly so saw the reef fish in a blur. Coming up was epic, we were entertained by at least 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Bull (Zambezi) shark, in and out of the dive for at least 20 minutes.

All in all, a really good day on PROTEA BANKS and with relatively flat sea who could ask for more. Humpback Whales, Dolphins and Flying fish fish seen from the boat – and a ‘Surfer Dolphin’, but that is a long story Michelle will have to tell you.