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SUCH A GREAT VARIETY OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

21 November 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Strong
Viz: 25+m
Sea Temp:24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Started of with one Oceanic Blacktip Shark. After about 15 minutes another joined then another and so on. In total we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and a few sightings of a Greater Hammerhead Shark that circled back a few times.

STILL SO MANY RAGGIES IN THE CAVES AND HAMMERHEADS ALL OVER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

20 November 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Strong
Viz: 25+m
Sea Temp:24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark, a Potato Bass coming in to say hi, and lots of reef fish ... we had at least 8 Shoals of Hammerhead Sharks throughout our dive and we had a Greater Hammerhead spotted by some of the divers.

DIVE 2 - Northern Caves: Got to the first cave and had about 15 Ragged Tooth Sharks all just taking it easy πŸ˜€... being so mesmerized by them, we spent all our bottom time with them. Mid water we had a quick sighting of an Oceanic Blacktip Shark.

STILL SO MANY RAGGIES IN THE CAVES AND HAMMERHEADS ALL OVER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

19 November 2021 |PROTEA BANKS

Current: Strong
Viz:25+m
Sea Temp:24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark, a Potato Bass coming in to say hi, and lots of reef fish ... we had at least 8 Shoals of Hammerhead Sharks throughout our dive and we had a Greater Hammerhead spotted by some of the divers.

DIVE 2 - Northern Caves: Got to the first cave and had about 15 Ragged Tooth Sharks all just taking it easy πŸ˜€... being so mesmerized by them, we spent all our bottom time with them. Mid water we had a quick sighting of an Oceanic Blacktip Shark.

HAAAAMMMMMEERRRRHEADS!!!! SO MANY HAMMERHEADS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

15 November 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Strong
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: We had at least 8 Shoals of Scalloped Hammerheads throughout our dive today!!! We also had a Greater Hammerhead Shark, 2 Big Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks.

SOME HAMMERS, BULL AND QUITARS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

14 November 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 -  Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had 3 Hammerhead Sharks swimming into the distance. We had a Potato Bass, massive schools of  Kingfish and another Hammerhead Shark as we started to multi-level. Mid water we had small Hammerhead Shark swim right up to us then bolted away.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and again Bigeye Kingfish all over... as we started to multi-level we had a Turtle and a Hammerhead spotted by some of the group. We also had some Guitar Sharks.

ALL THE BIG BOYS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

12 November 2021 | Protea Banks

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

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had massive schools of game fish and the reef was alive with reef fish all over ... we had a Tiger Shark pass by and a Greater Hammerhead Shark was spotted briefly in the distance ... we also had a Potato Bass follow us around for a little bit. As we started to multi-level we had an Oceanic Blacktip Shark pass and mid water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks come up from the deep to check us out at 5 meters.

ONE OF THOSE CRAZY BUSY DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

11 November 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Medium
Viz: 20+m
Sea Temp: 21+ degrees Celsius Bottom, 24 degrees Celsius Top.

Southern Pinnacle: Okay, today's dive was BUSY! So instead of writing out a whole essay (which no one's gonna read anyway) here's a list:
100's and 100's of Shoaling Hammerhead Sharks
About 6 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks
At least 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks
10 Guitar Sharks
5 Eagle Ray's
2 Round Ribbontail Ray's
2 Potato Bass
Massive schools of BigEye Kingfish and some Amberjack and Rainbow Runners.
What a busy, action-packed dive... something to see in every direction we looked!!

CLEAN, BLUE, WARM WATER ... YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS... HAMMERHEADS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

10 November 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Medium
Viz: 25+m
Sea Temp: 22+ degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef, half the group spotted 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and another two spotted by the other half (yes we argued for a while thinking it was the same two, but ended up being different ones😁) On the reef we had a shoal of about 50 or so Hammerhead Sharks pass right above. We also a had Zambezi (Bull) Shark circling in the distance for a bit. Then right before we started to multi-level we had a Guitar Shark. Lots of reef fish all over. Mid water we had another 2 sets of shoaling Hammerhead Sharks pass by with a few curious small ones breaking from the group to get a closer look at the divers πŸ₯³ We also had some Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark before we surfaced.
WOW!

CLEAN, CALM AND GETTING WARMER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

06 November 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: Medium
Viz: 20+m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: So decided to carry on with the reef instead of staying in the Caves, gave us such beautiful reef topography which we never really get tk see... we had at least 3 Potato Bass following us around with lots of reef fish all around.... Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark spotted in the distance.

Flying fish were seen from the boat.

NO CURRENT BRINGS THE RAGGIES OUT TO PLAY ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

31 October 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: None ( like seriously! nothing)
Viz: 5-10m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Caves; In and around the first cave we had about 20 Ragged Tooth Sharks just chilling around. We also had a Potato Bass getting very close and curious with a Zambezi (Bull) Shark spotted in the distance. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of our bottom time.

Flying fish and Whales were seen from the boat.

RAGGIES STILL DOMINATING THE REEF WITH THIS COLD WATER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

15 October 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - Strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius top, 18 degrees Celsius bottom
DIVE 1 – Northern Caves: Got to the first cave and had 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks just relaxing in there. Got to get a few sharks teeth, then carried on with the reef.... Drifted over the second cave but couldn't see any sharks in there. Mid water we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark.
DIVE 2 – Northern Caves: In the first cave we still had 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks just chilling around, We also had a Scalloped Hammerhead Shark pass by, with lots of reef fish all over. Mid water we had a quick sighting of a Greater Hammerhead Shark.
Flying fish and Whales were seen from the boat.

VISITED THE RAGGIES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

14 October 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - Strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius top, 18 degrees Celsius bottom
DIVE 1 – Northern Caves: Got to the first cave and had 10 - 15 Ragged Tooth Sharks just relaxing in there. Got to get a few sharks teeth as souvenirs and had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark as we started to multi-level. Mid water we had another quick sighting of a Oceanic Blacktip Shark.
Flying fish and Whales were seen from the boat.

ACTION PACKED REEF AND BAITED DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS THIS PAST WEEKEND!!!

02 October 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium

Viz: 10m

Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius
DIVE 1 – Baited Shark Dive: In total we had about 10-15 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks staying around for our entire dive getting really up close and personal with the divers.
DIVE 2 – Northern Caves; In the first cave we had 2 Ragged Tooth Sharks just chilling around, We also had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark in the distance, with lots of reef fish all over. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks keeping us busy for the rest of our bottom time.
Flying fish and Whales were seen from the boat.

CLOUDY, RAINY, AND GREY SURFACE CONDITIONS, YET CALM, CLEAN, AND BLUE BELOW ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

15 September 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 15+m blue

Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 – Baited Shark Dive: Started off with one Oceanic Blacktip Shark for the first few minutes. After that more joined in and we had a total of about 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks staying around for the rest of the dive. We also had a quick sighting of a Zambezi(Bull) Shark circling in the deep.

DIVE 2 – Southern Pinnacle: On the reef, we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and an Oceanic Blacktip Shark. Lots of reef fish all over the reef with Bigeye Kingfish all over the pinnacle. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip Shark.

Flying fish and Whales were seen from the boat.

BULLS, BLACKTIPS, RAGGIES, AND MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

16 September 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 – Northern Caves: As we got to the caves we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks circling around the first cave. We had a lonely Ragged- Tooth Shark in the cave. We got to pick up a few sharks' teeth and carried on with the reef. We also had 2 Spotted Eagle Rays as we started to multi-level and mid-water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks.

DIVE 2 – Deep Salmon: The weather got a bit rough out there so we decided to have a look at Deep Salmon on our way back home. Such a beautiful reef with beautiful topography, fish, and corals to see.

Flying fish and Whales were seen from the boat.

BUSY AND BUZZING BAITED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

4 September 2021| PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium-strong

Viz: 10 -15m
Sea Temp:  20 degrees Celsius
Baited Shark Dive; Started off with 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling the drum. More joined in every few minutes and in total we had about 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks staying for our entire bottom time. A Zambezi (Bull) Shark was spotted in the deep and we had a Greater Hammerhead Shark and some Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks pass by. We could hear whales singing throughout the dive.

Flying fish and Whales seen from the boat.

WE HAD A WHALE OF A TIME ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

5 September 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10 -15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius
DIVE 1 – Southern Pinnacles: On the reef we had a Greater Hammerhead Shark, a few Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks spotted all over, a Oceanic Blacktip Shark in the distance, a Potato Bass, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and LOTS of reef fish all over. Mid water we had another Hammerhead Shark do a quick pass by and right before our safety stop we had 2 Humpback Whales come check us out and disappeared into the distance. They circled back 3 TIMES!!!!

DIVE 2 – Southern Pinnacle: This time we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark or two on the reef with another Greater Hammerhead Shark spotted. Reef fish all over the pinnacle with a Potato Bass chilling around. Right before we started to multi-level we had a Guitar (Ray) Shark and another Round Ribbontail Ray. Mid water we had some Hammerhead Sharks in the distance and one that cot incredibly curious and close!!

Flying fish and Whales seen from the boat.

IIIITTTTT"S HAMMER TIME!!! GOT OUR FIRST SHOAL OF THE SEASON PASS THROUGH ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

7 August 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius Bottom, 21 degrees Celsius top

Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks. Int he caves we had 3 Ragged Tooth Sharks just chilling around and we got to get a few sharks teeth while we were there. Pierre-Alexandre Van De Walle spotted a Tiger Shark AGAIN just outside the caves. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circling for the rest of our bottom time and right before we started our safety stop we had a shoal of about 50 hammerhead Sharks pass by!!!!!! EPIC way to end a dive!!!!

7 SPECIES OF SHARKS IN ONE DAY!!!

6 August 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius Bottom, 20 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Insanely busy dive with about 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks running most of the show, Zambezi (Bull) Sharks, some shoaling Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks AND and a Copper Shark was spotted throughout the dive!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks and Greater Hammerhead in the distance. As we got to the first cave we had a Tiger Shark pass by then came back around to take a look at Pierre-Alexandre Van De Walle ....We also had about 5 Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered all over the reef... Mid water we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks swimming in and out for the rest of our bottom and as we did our safety stop we had some birds checking us out while they chilling on the windy, bumpy surfaceπŸ˜†πŸŒŠ

BLACKTIPS RUNNING THE SHOW ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

5 August 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius bottom, 20 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: We had one Oceanic Blacktip Shark for about 15 minutes. More joined in, one by one, and 30 minutes in we had at least 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks cycling the drum. A Zambezi (Bull) Shark was spotted briefly and a little Hammerhead Shark came in pretty close, check us out for a bit and swam off.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had A Potato Bass follow us around for a bit and spotted 2 Oceanic Blacktips in the distance. Mid water we had another 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks circle for the rest of our bottom time. 🦈

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