Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

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 surface😆🌊

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. 🦈

DDDDAAANNNGG!!!! IT WAS COLD BUT SO WORTH THE DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

2 August 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacle: In the caves we had 5 Ragged Tooth Sharks enjoying all that space to themselves... we had a few more scattered all around the caves too ... as we started to multi-level we had a Tiger Shark Pass by and two very curious Potato Bass ... Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks circling in and out of sight for the rest of our bottom time.

RAGGIES, TIGERS AND BULLS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!! CAN'T ASK FOR ANY BETTER!!!!

23 June 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 5-10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: In the reef we had about 50 Ragged Tooth Sharks all over the reef... With no current they were able to spread out all over with two or three in the cave. We also had a Potato Bass and a Zambezi (Bull) Shark right before we started to multi-level. Mid water we had 2 Tiger Sharks coming in super close and we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark circling us for the rest of our bottom time.

WHAT A STRUGGLE TO SEE THE REEF THROUGH ALL THOSE RAGGIES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!! 😆😉

20 June 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium (reverse)
Viz: 20+m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius
Northern Pinnacle: IMPECCABLE DIVE TODAY!!!! Got to the reef and the first cave and had Ragged Tooth Sharks everywhere!!! I mean literally EVERYWHERE!!! We must have had at least 100 of them!! As we started to multi level we had a Tiger Shark and mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks.

RAGGIES EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

16 June 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium (reverse)
Viz: 20+m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius
Northern Pinnacle: In the second cave we had about 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks and about 5 scattered all around ... we had a Tiger Shark circle above us for a little bit and we carried on to the first cave ( had to do things backwards today as the current was reverse) as we carried over the reef and over the first cave we had Ragged Tooth Sharks all over ... At least 50 of them scattered all over!!! Mid water we had 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks cycling beneath us and a Oceanic Blacktip Shark showing up here and there ... a great dive!!!!

NORTHERN CAVES AND RAGGIES FOR DAYS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

13 June 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacle: In the first gave we had at least 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks ... spent most of our bottom time with them and carried on after a while ... a few Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered on the reef and as we drifted over the second cave we could see there were loads of them all squished in there 😆 we also had two Potato Bass who followed us around for a bit and mid water we had a Oceanic Blacktip Shark kept us busy for the rest of our dive.

WELL A DIFFERENT DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

12 June 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - pulling straight inshore
Viz: 5-10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks circling us for a minute or two. Then continued down, and down and down and eventually hit 35 meters and still no reef 😱 the current pulled us straight inshore ... continued the dive at that level and started to multi-level where we had another Zambezi (Bull) Shark pass by... a confusing but still fun dive 😆

DARK AND MYSTERIOUS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY. THE WAY THE SHARKS LIKE IT!!!!

8 June 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 5m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Started off with one Oceanic Blacktip Shark dominating the drum... after a bit we had 4 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks join and stay around for the rest of our dive getting real close to some of the divers.

CHILLY DAYS MAKES THE WATER SEEM SO ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

5 June 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Dive 1 - Northern Pinnacles: On our way down to the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark pass by. Got to the second cave, had no Raggies but had the entire cave to ourselves to actually play and explore a bit. Got a few sharks teeth and carried on our way ... As we started to multi-level we had a Tiger Shark for a brief second or two .. Mid water we had a Zambezi (Bull) Shark cycling a few times.

Superpod of Dolphins spotted from the boat and beach!!!

OCEAN RODEO WITH CALM ACTION PACKED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

30 May 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Dive 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Great dive from beginning to end ... we had one Tiger Shark, 12 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 4 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks .... rough day on the ocean but we got the rewards with an amazing dive!!

CRAZY BUSY BAITED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

29 May 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - Strong
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius bottom, 24 degrees Celsius top

Dive 1 - Baited Shark Dive: Crazy busy Baited dive with at least 15-20 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 4 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks cycling at the bottom!!!!

Dive 2 - Northern Caves: In the first cave we had about 30 Ragged Tooth Sharks chilling around... got quite a few Sharks teeth before carrying on with the reef ... we had another 5 Ragged Tooth Sharks on the reef with a Potato Bass following us for a bit ... mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks cycling.

TIGER SHARK DOMINATING ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

27 May 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - Strong
Viz: 5-10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius bottom, 24 degrees Celsius top

Dive 1 - Baited Shark Dive: For the first 10 minutes we had a Tiger Shark just circling us ... coming close to check us out ... after that we had 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks for the rest of our dive.

Dive 2 - Southern Pinnacles: On the reef we had a Tagged Tooth Shark in the distance, a Potato Bass and a Eagle Ray. Mid Water we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks for the rest of our dive.

BULLS AND BLACKTIPS ALL OVER ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

28 May 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - Strong
Viz: 5-10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius bottom, 24 degrees Celsius Top

Dive 1 - Baited Shark Dive: For the first 30 minutes we had one Oceanic Blacktip Shark being the main master of the Bait ball. After that, another joined, and another and another. In total, we had about 10 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 3 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks.

Dive 2 - Southern Pinnacles: On the reef, we had a Potato Bass and lots of little reef fish. Most of the action happened mid-water with 5 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks darting in and out at 10 meters. So much action that we didn't wanna get out of the water.

RAGGIES HAVING BIG MEETINGS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

26 May 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - Strong
Viz: 10m Top, 15m Bottom
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Dive 1 - Northern Pinnacles: As we got to the reef we had a Shark swimming up to us with the biggest smile I've ever seen!!! Turns out to be a Zambezi (Bull) Shark with a broken jaw 😞 So sad to see and after getting a close look at us, he carried on into the distance. On the reef we had at least 15 Ragged Tooth Sharks scattered all over. We also had a Potato Bass follow us around for a few minutes. Mid water we had 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks dashing in and out for the rest of the dive.

Dive 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Passed over the first cave and was so filled up with Ragged Tooth Sharks that we couldn't join the party. So we carried on to the second cave where we found about 30 Ragged Tooth Sharks. Spent our entire bottom time with them and got to pick up a few shark's teeth. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip Shark keeping us busy for the rest of the dive.

EXCITING BAITED WITH TONS OF ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

19 May 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: First thing we saw as we got in the water was a Tiger Shark!!! Didn't stay around for too long as the Oceanic Blacktip Sharks started buzzing around. In total we had at least 6 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) Sharks staying around for our entire bottom time. Great dive from beginning to end!!!

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

14 May 2021 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: On our way down we had a O ceanic Blacktip Shark circling around. As we got to the reef we had a Tiger Shark pass by. We then had 2 Ragged Tooth Sharks, a Zambezi (Bull) Shark and at least 3 Guitar Sharks. We also had a Potato Bass and a little Remora following us around. Mid water we had a Ocaenic Blacktip Shark making a appearance every 5 minutes.

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