Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

SOOOO many HAMMERHEAD sharks!!!!

22 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: 6 schools of Hammerhead sharks seen. 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 3 Dusky sharks. Round Ribbontail Rays and 1 Guitar shark. 3 Potato Bass. Also a really big shoal of Kingfish.

'Kiff' dive even with the minimal viz.

LEO ... the Dusky shark.

26 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Guitar sharks, a Potato Bass and plenty Trigger fish and other reef fish.

DIVE 2 - Southerns Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and my favorite Dusky shark who is named Leo. Plenty of Trigger fish and Kingfish seen on the reef.

Good day of diving on Protea Banks.

WOW! What can I say, some days are well worth being in the water ... all I can say is working on such a location is a dream!

27 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 30m++
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Top to bottom viz. Started with 3 Hammerhead sharks close in and then 3 HUGE schools of Hammerhead sharks ... MIND BLOWING!!!!!! ... and at the end Leo the Dusky came in to say Hi. Also 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. A big shoal of Rainbow Runners. Reef alive with fish but too busy looking at sharks to take any notice.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Viz dropped by about 10m but still a worthwhile dive with another big school of Hammerhead sharks. Lots of reef fish. WICKED DIVE

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacles: Viz had become milky but still a worthwhile dive with another school of Hammerhead sharks. Also nice to see a Bull (Zambezi) shark again and a Dusky shark. Also 1 Turtle. Reef alive.

On days like this you gotta love being a diving professional!

Bonito, Kingfish and Cape Yellowtail.

30 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 15m
Sea Temp: 18 - 23 degrees Celsius - depth dependent

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Some reef fish around along the reef. Some shoals of Bonito and Kingfish with small shoal of Cape Yellowtail.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Reef fish along the reef and plenty cool things to see in the small caves and cracks ... some shaols of Cape Yellowtail.

An okay day on Protea Banks.

Lots of fish.

31 December 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m on the bottom ... about 5m in mid water
Sea Temp: 18 - 23 degrees Celsius - depth dependent

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Some Cape Yellowtail and Bonito.  Plenty of reef fish

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: A really good dive with all the reef fish on the reef ... so many schools of fish around and swimming together.

A good day on Protea Banks.

Eagle Rays ...

8 January 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: As we hit the bottom we were greeted by 3 Eagle Rays and then followed by 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. We then saw 2 more Round Ribbontail Rays and 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark. Good dive!

Rays and sharks ...

19 January 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: weak
Viz: 15m on the bottom ... about 20m in mid water
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Plenty reef fish around on the reef and 1 Round Ribbontail Ray.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 1 Eagle Ray and 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. Lots of schools of fish including Kingfish, Cape Yellowtail and Red Eye sardines. 1 Potato Bass and all our usual pretty reef fish.

A really good day of diving on Protea Banks.

SUN FISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 February 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark. About 6 Round Ribbontail Rays and one very big Brindle Bass on the Arch. 1 Guitar shark and plenty of pretty reef fish ... also saw some really big Kingfish. Just before the safety stop a SUN FISH was spotted ... EPIC!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: 1 small Tiger shark, 1 Bull (Zambezi) and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark ... 2 very friendly Potato Bass and a few rays ...

EPIC day of diving on Protea Banks!

Knarly day of diving on Protea Banks.

7 February 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 2 Potato Bass and plenty reef fish. We also saw alot of game fish around.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: 6 Bull (Zambezi) sharks, 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Ragged- tooth shark in the caves. A school of Tuna and Barracuda seen. 3 very friendly Potato Bass and 1 BIG Ribbontail Ray.

Knarly day of diving on Protea Banks.

WHAT AN AWESOME DAY AT SEA!!!!!

9 February 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 8 to 10m at the bottom, from 20m to the surface - top to bottom viz
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius at the bottom and 24 from mid water up

DIVE 1 - LA LA LAND: 3 Round Ribbontail Rays, 1 very friendly Potato Bass and a Prodigal Son. I saw a Nudibranch and Crayfish lol. Reef alive with fish and stunning reef structure. Well worth a dip in the ocean!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Spent time in the first cave and found Ragged-tooth shark teeth. 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks mid water. Huge shoal of Bonito. Lots of other shoaling fish. Sea really alive!!!!! So many different types of Plankton!

What a day to be at sea (a big smiley face)!

Tuna on the BAITED SHARK DIVE!!!!

15 February 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15 - 20m on the top ... bottom real dirty
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

BAITED SHARK DIVE: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. Some Tuna seen and some Remora.

Really good BAITED SHARK DIVE!

18 February 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 15m on the top ... bottom real dirty
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

BAITED SHARK DIVE: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. A Potato Bass also spotted right in the beginning. A really good baited dive!!!!!

Another SUN FISH seen ...

28 February 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 30m+
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: SUN FISH SPOTTED from boat!!! 6 Bull (Zambezi) sharks, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and one Ribbontail Ray. Knarly dive!!

A MARLIN ON THE BAITED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS ... and I was NOT on the dive ... and now I know why I don't take days off.

1 March 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. About 10 Hammerhead sharks as well as 2 Greater Hammerhead sharks. Round Ribbontail Rays and Eagle Rays. Reef so alive.

DIVE 2 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: WHOOP, WHOOP a MARLIN!!!!!! Also a Tiger Shark but only seen briefly at the beginning of the dive. 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and at least 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. WHAT A DIVE!!!!!!!!!

EPIC DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS!!

2 March 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong - 'PROTEA EXPRESS'
Viz: 25m+, with a bit of Plankton
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Action from beginning to end. Dropped onto an Oceanic Blacktip shark. Then Bull (Zambezi) and and Oceanic Blacktip sharks kept us entertained throughout the dive. Also a couple of Greater Hammerhead sharks popping in. Also some Guitar sharks, Round Ribbontail Rays and Eagle Rays. We also had a big shoal of Rainbow Runners. Also a Giant Barracuda - a nice random sighting. Reef full up with reef fish. What a day to be in the water. Totally EPIC dive!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Action from beginning to end, this time even more sightings of Oceanic Blacktip sharks and Bull (Zambezi) sharks. At one stage had 4 massive Bull sharks with us, they came in so close - breathtaking. Plus some more Greater Hammerhead sharks, Guitar sharks, Round Ribbontail Rays and Eagle Rays. Also a Potato Bass and a nice sighting of 2 Brindle Bass for a change. Huge shoal of Bigeye Kingfish. Reef alive and a 80 minute dive of pure action.

WOW, some days I love my job even more!!!!

WHAT AN INCREDIBLE DAY ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!!!!

6 March 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 30m, top to bottom
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles (THE ARCH): 8 Hammerhead sharks. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. 7 Spotted Eagle Rays. At least 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks that popped in and out for at least 30 minutes. Reef just incredible. WOW ... WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO BE IN THE WATER!!!

AWESOME DIVING TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!

7 March 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 20m plus, with Plankton
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: At least 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 3 round Ribbontail Rays. 2 friendly Potato Bass. Nice variety of reef fish. Stunning day in the water.

TURTLES ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!

9 March 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks popping in and out of the dive. 2 TURTLES. 1 Potato Bass. 1 Ray. HUGE shoal of Bigeye Kingfish. Lots of reef fish. Really GOOD diving!!!!

PERFECT DIVING ON PROTEA BANKS!!!

15 March 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium to strong
Viz: 20m+
Sea Temp: 24 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Guitar sharks. 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. 1 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark nice and close on safety stop. 2 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish.

What a day to be on the ocean!!!!!!

PERFECT SEA CONDITIONS ...

16 March 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. Reef fish. Perfect conditions but not much to see. Not one shark ... sad face.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: 4 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 BIG friendly Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish. STUNNING DIVE!!!!

Have not seen the sea so flat for a long time!!!

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