Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

AMAZING BAITED SHARK DIVE!!!!!

24 May 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m, still a bit milky
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

BAITED SHARK DIVE: 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks, 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Dusky shark hanging around! Of course the Remora's kept themselves busy around the drum and lots of 'jellies'!

TIGER shark on the baited shark dive!

25 May 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

BAITED SHARK DIVE: 1 TIGER shark. 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. About 50 Tuna and Bonito popping in and out - pretty cool. 5 Remora hanging around the drum.

3 species of shark and Tuna on a baited shark dive!

26 May 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

BAITED SHARK DIVE: 3 Dusky sharks, 1 HUGE!!!! 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 8 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 Potato Bass. Lots of Tuna. REALLY GREAT DIVE!!!!!!!

Fantastic shark interaction.

31 May 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Hardly any current so got time to explore the reef. Lots of reef fish and a Potato Bass. Then coming up had at least 3 Bull (Zambezi) and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out of dive, for about 40 minutes! WOW, what a dive!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Again hardly any current, so lots of time spent on the reef, which was spectacular. Also has 1 Potato Bass and a Black Spotted Ray. In midwater we were then joined by 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks which were very friendly, one that kept on coming in very close and showing off. The viz was a bit reduced from the first dive but the interaction with the Oceanic Blacktip sharks was INCREDIBLE!!!!

WOW, WHAT A DAY, ACTION FROM BEGINNING TO END (a 72 minute dive)! Thanks to my special dive buddy - SURESH - another ONCE IN A LIFETIME!

2 June 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 30m+
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: So what happens when you drop into warm water, realize that viz is top to bottom and there is no current? ... you know this is going to be an INCREDIBLE dive!!!!! So firstly the viz is endless and the reef so alive with a wide variety of fish. Then you spot a Ragged-tooth shark, which is a bit out of place on the Southern Pinnacles. Then a couple of Potato Bass pop in to say Hi ... just to make sure you haven't forgotten about them. AND then you have 12 DOLPHINS swimming towards you, you rub your eyes and think you are dreaming ... but no there are 12 Dolphins now swimming, at 30m, right past you. Okay ... so dive could have ended right here but is doesn't ... another Potato Bass swims right up to you and then you spot a big shoal of Kingfish surrounded by so many reef fish. Then a glimpse of a Lesser Guitar shark. On the way up are entertained by 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. AND then we spot a fisherman's paradise - HUNDREDS of shoaling fish including Bigeye Kingfish, with Tropical Amberjacks popping in and out.

AND then of course there were the 5 Remora's, that decided today was a great day to attack Kym's hair ... I must admit a few choice words were used!

WOW, WHAT A DAY, ACTION FROM BEGINNING TO END (a 72 minute dive)! Thanks to my special dive buddy - SURESH - another ONCE IN A LIFETIME!

Brindle Bass on the Northern Pinnacles ...

8 June 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20 - 25m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: Humpback Whales, Dolphins, a Hammerhead shark and Snoek while doing the 'Salute to the Ocean'. On the way out to Protea we had another 6 Humpback Whales. On the dive we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 1 Spinner shark and 3 Potato Bass together. Also 1 Brindle Bass and lots of reef fish.

WHAT A PERFECT DAY TO BE IN THE WATER!

16 June 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: 15 - 20m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: RAGGED -TOOTH sharks all over the reef and in the caves, must have counted at least 30. Absolutely stunning. 1 massive Potato Bass that came in to say Hi a few times. 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark midwater. Lots of reef fish around. WHAT A PERFECT DAY TO BE IN THE WATER!

First cave full of RAGGED-TOOTH sharks, with other 'Raggies' all over the reef.

17 June 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: non existent
Viz: 15m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: First cave full of RAGGED-TOOTH sharks, with other 'Raggies' all over the reef. 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. At least 3 Potato Bass popping in and our of the dive. Lots of reef fish. WOW WHAT A DAY!

AND 4 Humpback Whales seen from the boat ...

19 June 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 1 HUGE shark in the distance but could not make it out. 1 nice encounter with an Oceanic Blacktip shark. 2 Potato Bass - 1 very friendly. 4 Remora following us. Lots of Bonito rushing past us near the end of the dive. 

AND 4 Humpback Whales seen from the boat.

HUGE shoal of more than 150 Bonito. WOW, pretty awesome!

21 June 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10 to 15m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, swimming in and out of a HUGE shoal of more than 150 Bonito - WOW, pretty awesome! 2 really friendly Potato Bass. A few Remora biting Brooke on the butt. Lots of reef fish. A very relaxed dive.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and 1 Ragged-tooth shark. 1 Potato Bass. Lots and lots of Trigger fish. Reef very alive with reef fish. A good dive.

1 TIGER shark and 5 Dolphins on Scuba.

22 June 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium, just perfect
Viz: top to bottom, blue
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 1 TIGER shark and 5 Dolphins on Scuba. 1 HUGE Poenskop, a Cape Knifejaw and a Malabar Rockcod. At least 2 Potato Bass following us throughout the dive. A small shoal of Bonito. WOW, what a pretty and stunning dive. Sea was rough but well worth the effort. LOVED THE DIVE TODAY!

First cave overflowing with Ragged-tooth sharks ...

23 June 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: First cave overflowing with Ragged-tooth sharks - second cave no 'Raggies' but lots of shark teeth. 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. At least 3 Potato Bass around for most of the dive. 1 HUGE Poenskop. Shoaling Snapper and shoaling Bonito. The sea was rough but underwater was magical. WHAT AN AWESOME DIVE!!!!

A bit milky and grey ...

30 June 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild to medium
Viz: 12 - 15m, a bit milky and grey
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 3 friendly Potato Bass. 1 Nudibranch in the second cave, and a few shark teeth. 1 Musslecracker. 4 Rainbow Runners popping in and out of the safety stop, then a big shoal of Rainbow Runners - pretty cool.

3 Humpback Whales seen breaching from the boat. Dolphins around the boat after the first group of divers surfaced.

A MAGICAL BAITED SHARK DIVE!!!!!!

1 July 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 12 - 15m, a bit milky and grey
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, briefly. 1 Potato Bass. No current so got time to explore the reef for a change and the reef was alive with lots of reef fish. Bradley even had a chance to check out a crayfish ... I think his tummy was going yum, yum. Also so many Trigger fish, never seen so many in one place before. Really enjoyed the dive, a different side to Protea Banks.

DIVE 2 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: At least 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks in out out of the dive for the entire 70 minutes. What made it magical is that there was also loads of fish activity. Bonito, Tuna, Trigger fish, to name but a few, dashing in and out. Had a HUGE shoal of Blacktip Kingfish, chasing behind the sharks ... wow what a sight. Also had a Potato Bass come in the the beginning. LOVED THIS DIVE!!!!!!

Humpback Whales also seen from the boat breaching right out the water.

A GREAT DAY on PROTEA BANKS with a GREAT GROUP!

4 July 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m+
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: Dropped straight in the first cave. About 5 Ragged-tooth sharks around. Lots of shark teeth. Also 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks ... looks like we need to hire Bradley as he seems to be the Oceanic Blacktip spotter ... ready to give up your job Bradley ... for the life of a full time diver? 2 Potato Bass. 1 Marbled Electric Ray, swimming across the reef and then snuggling in a crack in the reef. 1 HUGE Nudibranch. A shoal of Red Eye Sardines. Shoaling Yellowtail, False Fusiliers, Snapper, Blacktail, a Musslecraker and lots of other fish. REALLY RELAXED DIVE WITH LOTS TO SEE!

LOTS of Humpback Whales seen from the boat. Dolphins seen from the boat. WHAT A HARD LIFE!

Bradley ... you just have to come back again for that Tiger!

LOVELY DAY ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

6 July 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 3 Ragged-tooth sharks in the second cave. Found some shark teeth. 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark mid water. 4 really friendly Potato Bass following us for most of the dive. 1 Cape Yellowtail seen throughout the dive. 3 Rainbow Runner on the safety stop. Reef alive with loads of fish. A REALLY RELAXING DIVE FOR MOST ... Kym got rugby tackled by the DMT ... not so relaxing ... long story ...

WHAT A GORGEOUS DAY ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!

7 July 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. 1 Hammerhead shark. 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Potato Bass. 1 Cape Yellowtail. 1 Big jellyfish. 1 lost Remora. Lots of reef fish but seen very quickly as current was strong.

Humpback Whales and Dolphins seen from the boat. AN AWESOME DIVE!!!

MORE HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!! RUB, RUB ... Bradley!

8 July 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: very strong
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: More than 30 Ragged-tooth sharks in the second cave. 2 HAMMERHEAD sharks. 1 Potato Bass. Natal Fingerfin. 2 Knifejaw. Lots of other reef fish, but strong current so all seen very quickly. VERY NICE DIVE!!!

Had better days ...

9 July 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 5 m at the top, opening up to 15m at the bottom
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 4 very friendly Potato Bass. 1 Musslecracker. Natal Knifejaw. Trigger fish. Jellyfish. Reef alive with lots of reef fish.

Saw Humpback Whales and Dolphins from the boat.

WOW ... WHAT A BAITED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY! AWESOMENESS!!

10 July 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

BAITED SHARK DIVE: More than 20 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, popping in and out of the dive. 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. A few Bonito in and out of the dive. WHAT A DIVE!!!!!

Humpback Whales seen from the boat. AWESOMENESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!

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