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HAMMERHEADS, ZAM'S AND RAYS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

10 January 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 8m bottom, 5m top
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius bottom, 26 degrees Celsius top

Southern Pinnacle: On the reef, we had a Potato Bass, about 10 Round Ribbontail Rays scattered all over with massive schools of Bigeye Kingfish and other Gamefish. We had 2 Hammerhead sharks pass by in the distance and as we started to multi-level we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark. Mid water we had more Bigeye Kingfish schooling around. We also had 3 Hammerhead sharks circle around the group a few times and got close enough for us to see them properly in 5 meters viz. On our safety stop, we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark pop in for a quick sec.

Flying fish seen from the boat.

SHARKTAILS AND FAMILIES OF RAYS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

9 January 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 8m bottom, 5m top
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius bottom, 26 degrees Celsius top

Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had 10 Round Ribbontail Rays, massive schools of Kingfish and Amberjack!!! Lots and lots and lots of reef and gamefish all over. Mid water we had a glimpse of a shark and lots of interesting jellyfish and plankton.

SO MUCH VARIETY ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY WITH MORE TO OFFER ON THE LITTLE THINGS!!!

7 January 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m bottom, 15m top
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius bottom, 26 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got in the water we had a pod of about 10 Dolphins come in to have a look at us crazy divers then disappeared into the distance ... we really must look so funny to them :) LOL. On the reef we had a Potato Bass follow us around for our entire bottom time. We also had a Round Ribbontail Ray and a massive Electric Ray. Then to add a cherry on top we had a Tiger Shark pass by before we started to multi-level. Mid-water we had lots of interesting jellyfish and plankton.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had 2 Potato Bass. Lots and lots and lots of reef fish all over!!! LIKE ALLOT!!!! We also had 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and a Cute little Lionfish kept us busy for a bit. Mid water we had 2 Zambezi ( Bull) sharks pass by and lots of little jellyfish and creatures to look at before we got out the water.

Flying fish and Dolphins seen from the boat.

THREE TIGER SHARKS BETWEEN THE TWO DIVES ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

6 January 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 10m bottom, 15m top
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had MASSIVE SHOALS OF BIGEYE KINGFISH, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, 2 Potato Bass and a TIGER SHARK!!!!!!! The reef was alive with reef fish and gamefish all over. Mid water we had lots of interesting Jellyfish and an INSANELY MASSIVE schools of Bigeye Kingfish

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: As we got in the water we had 3 shoaling Zambezi (Bull) sharks (LOL), 2 Potato Bass, and a TIGER SHARK!!!!! We also had a Round Ribbontail Ray and Rainbow Runners darting in and out. For the rest of the dive, we had 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks circling beneath us and an Oceanic Blacktip Shark was spotted in the distance.

Flying fish seen from the boat.

TIGER SHARK SHOWING ITS BEAUTY ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

4 January 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius

Baited Shark Dive: As we got in the water we had an Oceanic Blacktip Shark circling the drum. After about 10 minutes we had a TIGER SHARK come up from the deep, circled around the group then made its way into the distance!!!!! EEEPPPIIICCCCC!!!!!! For the rest of the dive, we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks keeping us busy. We also had 2 Greater Hammerhead sharks passing in the distance.

Flying fish seen from the boat.

COULD NOT SEE A THING WITH ALL THOSE HAMMERHEADS IN THE WAY ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

3 January 2020 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 10m bottom, 5m top
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius bottom, 26 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had anOceanic Blacktip shark and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. On the reef we had literally non-stop action with 1000's and 1000's of Hammerheads passing all around us!!!!! INSANE!!! Not sure if it was just one shoal or 1000's of the same, but WOW!!!!! we also had 3 Eagle Rays, 2 Round Ribbontail Rays, 3 Shoaling Zambezi (Bull) sharks LOL, and a Potato Bass. Mid water we had more HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ... I think we had no sharks for a total of 5 minutes ... the rest of our bottom time was action packed!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark, a Zambezi (Bull) shark and a Turtle!!!! On the reef we had 4 Eagle Rays, 1 Round Ribbontail Ray, 2 Guitar sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, a Potato Bass and HAMMERHEADS GALORE!!!!! Mid water we had more shoals of 100's of shoaling Hammerhead sharks with an Oceanic Blacktip shark and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks darting in and out.

Flying fish seen from the boat.

WHAT A WAY TO END THE YEAR!!! FANTASTIC DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

31 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a set of about 10 Hammerhead sharks pass right over us!!!! Breathtaking sighting!!!! We also had a Zambezi (Bull) shark, 2 Potato Bass, and a Turtle! Over Sandshark Gully we had at least 5 Guitar sharks and 100's of Hammerhead sharks just passing by!! Mid water we had 100's and 100's and 100's of Shoaling Hammerhead sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) shark was spotted!!!!

Flying fish, Marlin and Dolphins seen from the boat.

TIGER, HAMMERS, GUITARS, ZAM'S, BLACKTIPS AND SO MUCH MORE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

29 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius bottom, 24 degrees Celsius top.

Southern Pinnacle: As we go to the reef we stared off with a Zambezi (Bull) shark and a Potato Bass, Then we had a massive shoal of Hammerheads pass by!!!! 1000's of them ... while half the group enjoyed this the other half spotted a TIGER SHARK in the other direction !!! We also had 3 Round Ribbontail Rays, 3 Guitar sharks, an Oceanic Blacktip shark and a Zambezi (Bull) shark!!! Non-stop action for our entire bottom time. As we started to multi level we had another shoal of 100's of Hammerheads pass by!! Mid water we had a Greater Hammerhead shark and some more shoals of Hammerhead sharks by the 100's!! We also had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Zambezi (Bull) shark. INSANE DIVE!!!!

HAMMERHEADS HAMMERHEADS HAMMERHEADS HAMMMEHEADS, BULL, HAMMERHEADS PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!

28 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current:  medium - strong
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius bottom, 24 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark circling around us. On the reef we had 2 Potato Bass and a massive shoal of 100's of shoaling Hammerhead sharks!! As we started to multi-level we had another Zambezi (Bull) shark. Midwater we had another shoal of Hammerheads pass by and on our safety stop we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks keeeping us busy.

DIVE 2- Southern Pinnacle: On the reef, we had 100's and 100's of shoaling Hammerhead sharks. We also 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, 3 Guitar sharks and an Oceanic Blacktip shark. Mid water we had another set of 100's of shoaling Hammerhead sharks!!!

Flying fish and Dolphins seen from the boat.

WHAT A DAY ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!! BAITED BOOMING WITH VARIETY AND REEF SHOWING US SOMETHING DIFFERENT!!

26 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 5 - 10m bottom, 15 - 20m top (SUPER BLUE)
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius bottom, 24 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: As we got in the water we had 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks and an Oceanic Blacktip shark circling the drum. Then another Oceanic Blacktip shark joined in and they stayed around for most of our bottom time. We also had a Hammerhead circle around the drum and group a few times and we had a shoal of about 50 Hammerhead sharks pass by too. Right before the end of our dive we had a Copper Shark and we had some more Zambezi (Bull) sharks join in.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had 3 Round Ribbontail Rays and at least 4 Potato Bass ... LOTS AND LOTS OF REEF FISH EVERYWHERE!!!! Then we had a Pod of about 10 Dolphins pass right over us playing and dancing their way into the distance ... EPIC!!! We had at least another 5 Round Ribbontail Rays and an Eagle Ray before we started to multi-level. Mid water was really quiet so we got to look at some plankton and played around with bubbles LOL.

Flying fish and Dolphins seen from the boat.

QUITE A RELAXING DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY !!!!

24 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 10m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Hammerhead shark spotted in the distance. We also had lots of reef fish all over and we had a small shoal of about 5 Hammerhead sharks pass by. Right before we started to multi-level we had a Potato Bass and a Musselcracker. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Greater Hammerhead sharks.

Flying fish and Dolphins seen from the boat.

HAMMERHEAD, HAMMERHEAD, HAMMERHEAD, HAMMERHEAD, BLACKTIP, HAMMERHEAD, HAMMERHEAD, HAMMERHEAD ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY !!!!

23 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS 

Current: medium
Viz: 15 - 20m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Round Ribbontail Ray and lots of Bigeye Kingfish all over. We had a set of about 50 Shoaling Hammerhead sharks pass by. As we passed over Sandshark Gully we had more Hammerhead sharks ... 100's of them!!!!. Mid water we had another 2 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks and we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark pop in for a few minutes then dashed off.

Flying fish seen from the boat.

HAMMERSHEAD SHARKS ARE BACK IN TOWN, SHOALING HAMMERSHEADS EVERYWHERE!!!!

22 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 25m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: We got in and the water was so blue it was happy days again on Protea Banks. Had many fish on the reef, very relaxed colourful reef. Mid water was just epic ... shoals of Hammerhead sharks everywhere we looked at the bottom at the top, 1000's all over the place.

Flying fish seen from the boat.

WE HAVE VIDEO FOOTAGE, IT WAS BLUE ON PROTEA BANKS AND SHARKS.

21 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 21m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Baited Shark Dive: We had a total of 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks ... it was an amazing dive compared to the last couple of days.

Flying fish seen from the boat.

QUIET REALLY CHILLED DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS.

20 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1- Southern Pinnacle: It was a very quiet dive again today, very weird. Got down to the reef and saw many reef fish, the reef was filled with many colourful fishes. It was very chilled. Lots of jellyfish and plankton mid water.

DIVE 2- Southern Pinnacle: Got to the reef ... again many reef fish and it was nice just drifting across and having a look at the reef. Made our way up and underneath us we had 2 HUGE Round Ribbontail Rays they were really HUGE, many Jellyfish and Plankton in the water.

IT WAS JUST NICE BEING IN THE WATER AGAIN AFTER SUCH A LOOOONG TIME, BLOWING BUBBLES IS THE BEST:)

19 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 3 - 5m
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: Dive was very green and very quiet we didn't have any sharks on this dive BUT there were Potato Bass and many other reef fish. It was a different dive, looking at the small things. Jellyfish and Plankton (little yellow worm looking things). Chilled.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: We just drifted over the cave and again had a very quiet dive looking at the small things. Jellyfish and Plankton mid water. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks seen with 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark. Another chilled dive.

 

HAMMERHEADS ALL AROUND US TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS, DIDNT KNOW WHICH WAY TO TURN!!

11 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: slight
Viz: 15m bottom, 15m top (milky)
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius bottom, 23 degrees Celsius top

Southern Pinnacle: As we started to make our way down to the reef we had 1 Potato Bass and many reef fish surrounding us. Then we had 1 Hammerhead shark came in and then out again. 2 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks came passed us. We then started to make our way up and had 2 Guitar sharks. Mid water it was just the best ever - there were Hammerheads everywhere we looked they were circling us. Above us, below us, I can't explain how many we saw 1000's everywhere ...

NICE SHARK ACTION ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY-VERY CHILLED DIVING.

10 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 15m bottom, 15m top (milky)
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius bottom, 23 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef we had a Potato Bass that decided to do the whole dive with us from beginning to end, they also called some friends and 2 more Potato Bass joined. We had a small set of shoaling Hammerhead sharks. 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. As we made our way mid water we had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark come in. We had a very curious Hammerhead shark stay with us on our safety stop, came in really close.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: As we entered the water we had a Potato Bass just hanging behind us. On the left hand side we a shoaling Hammerhead sharks. We drifted along the reef we had many reef fish and 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. Went along over Sandshark Gully we had 10 Guitar sharks and 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark and on our safety stop we had 6 Hammerhead sharks.

Hammerhead and Zambezi (Bull) sharks taking over Protea Banks today.

9 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m bottom, 25m top
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius bottom, 23 degrees Celsius top

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: The dive was much quieter than yesterday’s reef dive. As we made our way down to the reef, there were many reef fish and we saw Mr. Potato Bass again. Reef was a bit quiet but as we started to go up we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark which came in from underneath us. Still making our way up and so was the Zambezi (Bull) shark stuck with us for quite some time.

DIVE 2 - Baited Shark Dive: We got in and had 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark, then another Oceanic Blacktip shark came in. Just underneath us, we had shoaling Hammerhead sharks, it was a huge shoal. As we turn back around we saw a pod of Dolphins. Then 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks came in and joined they stayed until the end of the dive. Another 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks came in. More shoals of Hammerhead sharks everywhere, I was pointing in every direction up down to the left then to the right … amazing …

Flying fish seen from the boat.

Hammerheads sharks Everywhere!!!

8 December 2019 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: normal
Viz: 25m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius bottom, 25 degrees Celsius top

Southern Pinnacle: What an epic dive when we fell i, the water was blue blue water. Shoaling Hammerhead sharks here and more shoaling Hammerhead sharks everywhere we looked. Saw Mr. Potato Bass on the reef and many other reef fish, very colourful. As we went over Sandshark Gully we had 2 Guitar sharks just underneath us. Then more Hammerhead sharks. 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. It was Hammerhead sharks everywhere on Protea Banks today.

Flying fish seen from the boat.

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