Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

COLDER WATER, SO HAMMERHEAD SHARKS WENT INTO HIDING.

22 November 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 8 to 10m, lots of Plankton
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius midwater, 20 degrees Celsius at the bottom

Southern Pinnacle: Lots of gamefish seen today, with a Bull (Zambezi) shark popping in quickly. Lots of Plankton. Otherwise nice and chilled dive. Flying Fish seen from the boat and Humpback Whales were heard underwater.

BRAVING ROUGH SEAS FOR SOME HAMMERHEAD SHARK ACTION.

21 November 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius midwater, 22 degrees Celsius at the bottom

Southern Pinnacle: The dive started out with lots and lots of gamefish. On the reef we had 3 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks come by. We also had 2 curious Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 2 Potato Bass. Humpback Whales were heard underwater.

BLUE, BLUE WATER WITH SHOALING HAMMERHEAD SHARKS.

20 November 2020R | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m+, BLUE, BLUE, BLUE
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius midwater, 22 degrees Celsius at the bottom

Southern Pinnacle: On our way down we had a couple of Bull (Zambezi) sharks coming in. Lots and lots of gamefish on the reef. Mid water we has 3 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks and an Oceanic Blacktip shark pop in. Humpback Whales were heard underwater.

A BAITED DIVE TO START THE WEEK RIGHT.

16 November 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: We had a very good Oceanic Blacktip shark baited today. A total of 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks in total stayed with us today. Good energy and very comfortable sharks. A pod of Dolphins also come by to the group to say hello.

BUSY DAY ON PROTEA BANKS.

15 November 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 8 to 10m, lots of Plankton
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius midwater, 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we hit the water a Bull (Zambezi) shark popped in to say Hi. We had a great drift with two Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a set of shoaling Hammerhead sharks pass us by. When we got to Sandshark Gully, there were at least 20 Guitar sharks scattered all over and we also saw 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. Midwater was quieter but filled with so much interesting Plankton.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: Action packed drift dive. At Sandshark Gully 3 Guitar sharks were spotted. Midwater we had 3 sets of Shoaling Hammerhead sharks come through. We also spotted 2 Eagle Rays and an Oceanic Blacktip shark.

DIVE 3 - Northern Pinnacle: We decided to do the Northern Pinnacle for a change of scenery but we knew we were taking a risk this time of year. We drifted over the caves but there were no Ragged-tooth sharks. The reef was stunning with so many beautiful reef fish. Midwater a Bull (Zambezi) shark popped in. A small shoal of Hammerhead sharks was seen by the Divemaster.

Lots of Flying Fish seen from the boat and Humpback Whales were heard underwater.

BRAVING THE ROUGH SEAS FOR AN EXCITING A BAITED SHARK DIVE.

14 November 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: Great action with 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. On the dive shoaling Hammerhead sharks swam under the divers.

GUITAR SHARKS HAVE ARRIVED.

13 November 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: On today's dive we mostly had Hammerhead sharks. 5 schools seen in total with the last school coming very close. With our strong current we had made it to Sandshark Gully still having some bottom time left, there we could see about 7 Sandsharks, soon there will be larger numbers of them.

DOUBLE THE FUN WITH A DOUBLE TANK DIVE.

12 November 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we hit the water and spun around to do our descent down to the reef we were welcomed by a Bull (Zambezi) shark right away. Still on the reef we had a pod of Dolphins come up to the group from behind so unfortunately not every one saw them. As we were multi leveling to the surface we had 3 schools of Hammerhead sharks come by.
 
DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Drifting over the caves in our strong current today we could look into the caves seeing no Ragged-tooth sharks we continued with a drift dive. On the bottom we only had 1 Turtle, but as we began to multilevel we had a nice big school of Hammerhead sharks come close to the whole group. During our safety stop Dolphins were seen again but only by the Divemaster.

SOUTHERN DRIFT

31 October 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: As we made it to the bottom we had 1 Ragged-tooth shark greet us straight away, with many schools of Amberjack on the reef. We had 2 or 3 Dusky sharks being very shy and staying on our edge of viz. As we began to multilevel up we had 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark come in towards the group.

NORTHERNS IS ALWAYS GOOD.

29 October 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: top15m, bottom 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 18 degrees Celsius on the bottom, 21 degrees Celsius surface

Northern Pinnacle: On the bottom and in between the caves we had 5 Ragged-tooth sharks on the reef and 1 Oceanic Blacktip above us on the reef. We had a friendly 2 Potato Bass come in and say hello. During our multi level we saw 2 more Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Hammerhead shark.

Humpback Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

TIGER SHARK ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY.

25 October 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the bottom we had a MASSIVE Tiger shark seen by Peter ... and that was pretty much it. Some reef fish and lots of Plankton. Just good to be in the water.

Humpback Whales seen breaching from the boat and heard underwater. Lots of Flying Fish seen from the boat.

TIGER, RAGGIES, HAMMERS, DUSKYS AND BLACKTIP SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY 🙂

18 October 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight reverse
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the bottom we had a MASSIVE Tiger Shark edging away from the caves. In the caves we had at least 50 Ragged-tooth sharks. On our way to the second cave we had shoaling Dusky sharks and shoaling Hammerhead sharks. We also had a Potato Bass and lots of reef fish around. Mid water we had some more shoaling Hammerhead and Dusky sharks with some Oceanic Blacktip sharks darting in and out.

Humpback Whales seen breaching from the boat and heard underwater.

ROUGH SEAS BUT WELL WORTH IT

26 September 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: Full on action with 6 Oceanic Backtip sharks and 1 Massive Bull (Zambezi) shark. Then it was like someone rang a bell and the sharks on cue just doubled to more than 12 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Bulls (Zambezi) sharks, with a Copper shark circling on the outskirts. EPIC, action packed dive. Also one Potato Bass circling underneath and trying to get in on the action.

Humpback Whales seen breaching from the boat and heard so loud underwater.

RAGGIES ON SOUTH.

27 September 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m at the bottom, 8m midwater
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius
DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: Linda Frew and Hilary Jenkins got to see sharks, that is all we need to report.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got down we started seeing Ragged-tooth sharks scattered all over the reef. As we came over the ridge it looked like shoaling Ragged-tooth sharks. The current was mild so we also got to appreciate all the fish life and the reef was alive. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip in the distance. On the safety stop as we were about to come up I had a glimpse of Hammerhead sharks.

Humpback Whales seen breaching from the boat and heard underwater. Dolphins also seen from the boat.

SHARKS, SHARKS AND MORE SHARKS ... HIL AND LINDA CAN NEVER CLAIM NO SHARKS ON PROTEA :)

28 September 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 20m at the bottom, 10 midwater
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacle: Wow what dive!!!!! We came down onto the first cave, with more than 100 Ragged-tooth sharks scattered all around like stepping stones, there was no need to even go to the cave. There was no current so we just chilled around the cave. Had a TIGER shark come cruising past on the outskirts. Soon after we saw a shoal of Hammerhead sharks, with an Oceanic Blacktip shark thinking he was one of them. Then another shoal of Hammerhead sharks with a TIGER shark cruising just underneath them. On the outskirts of the Ragged-tooth sharks, a Bull (Zambezi) shark passed by. As Kyle was ascending he saw a Mako shark. Midwater we had a Copper and an Oceanic Blacktip shark pop in. What an UNBELIEVABLE dive and to think all these sharks with Hil and Linda on on the dive. :)

Humpback Whales seen breaching from the boat and heard underwater.

PET POTATO BASS ON THE REEF ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!!!

24 September 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: The dive started off rather slow until we were greeted by a friendly Potato Bass, coming in real close and spending a good 15 min with us. A decent sized school of Hammerhead sharks were seen on the bottom. During the multilevel we spotted another 2 single Hammerhead sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, that decided to spend some time with us.

DOUBLE TANK, DOUBLE TIGER.

25 September 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m on the bottom, 10m murky midwater and surface
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius on the bottom, 20 degrees Celsius midwater

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had a Tiger and Zambezi (Bull) shark approach the group, with the Bull shark spending a good 5 minuets around us. Still on the reef we had our friendly Potato Bass come spend some time with us, one lonely Ribbontail Ray, and saw 5 separate Ragged-tooth sharks. During our multilevel to the surface we saw some schools of tuna and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: A tad bit colder but with better viz on north. As we reached the bottom we has a TIGER skark on the bottom. With many Ragged-tooth sharks out and about we continued on to the second cave which was full with about 15 Ragged-tooth sharks - at the same moment we had a school of Dolphins swim over the dive group. During our multilevel to the surface we only had some Tropical Amberjack keep with the group.

INSANE DIVING WITH EVERYTHING ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!!!

20 September 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacles: As we dropped in, we come straight onto a school of Hammerhead sharks and 1 Ragged-tooth shark. Still on the reef we had school after school of Hammerhead sharks. THEN a HUMPBACK WHALE swam over the divers, not coming in close or spending time with us but did swim over in clear view . As we looked down from the whale we had a TIGER shark approach us then back away, but the TIGER came nice and close. During our multi level to the surface we continued to have schools of Hammerheads passing by ... WHAT AN EPIC DIVE!!!!!!
 

A DIVE IS A DIVE ...

19 September 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Baited Shark Dive: During our baited dive we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip keeping us company through the whole dive and 1 Dusky shark hanging on the edge of the viz ...
 

BULS ON THE REEF, ABOUT TIME!!!!

18 September 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacles: On our decent we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks come in close to have a look. While on the bottom we had about 10 Ragged-tooth sharks in and around the reef. During our multi level towards the surface we had small pockets of Hammerhead sharks passing by, including 1 Oceanic Blacktip and 1 Dusky shark.

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