Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

SHOALING HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ALL OVER PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

14 October 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On the reef we had lots and lots of reef fish with 2 Potato Bass, a huge Parrot fish and lots of Bonito and Tuna. We also had a set of about 50 Shoaling Hammerhead Sharks pass over us. Right before we started multi-leveling we had another set of shoaling Hammerhead sharks. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark and 3 more sets of 100`s of shoaling Hammerhead sharks.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: The reef had reef and gamefish all over with 1 Potato Bass. We also had 2 Greater Hammerhead sharks pass by. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark. Lots of interesting Plankton and Jellyfish.

Whales and Flying fish seen from boat.

A VERY CHILLED DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!

9 October 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: The reef was beautiful with reef fish all over. Also huge shoals of Bigeye Kingfish and Bonito. Also 2 Potato Bass and a Parrotfish ...lol. Mid water we had an Oceanic Blacktip shark with interesting Plankton and Jellyfish. A Greater Hammerhead shark was spotted briefly but not seen by everyone.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacle: Passed over the caves but could not see in. Felt like we were flying with the current being so strong ... Super fun!!! Also saw 2 Potato Bass. Mid water we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark  and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks.

Whales, a Turtle and Flying fish seen from boat.

5 SPECIES OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!! CAN NOT ASK FOR ANY BETTER!!!

7 October 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: We had amazing shark activity from beginning to end with at least 3 Zambezi (Bull) sharks, 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Copper shark that came really close to the divers. Also some Bonito.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: The reef was full of beautiful reef fish and a big shoal of Bigeye Kingfish. Also a Ragged-tooth shark, 2 Potato Bass and a Brindle Bass. Mid water we had 100`s of shoaling Hammerhead sharks swimming up to us from all ends ... AMAZING!!!! Lots of interesting Plankton and Jellyfish.

Whales, Dolphins, Flying fish and a Greater Hammerhead shark seen from boat.

RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS AND HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!

6 October 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 8 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius top, a bit colder at the bottom

Southern Pinnacle: We had about 5 Ragged-tooth sharks on the bottom. Also a Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish and some game fish. Mid water we had a shoal of about 50 hammerhead sharks come past briefly and then the rest of the dive, lots on lots of Plankton. we could also hear the Wjhhales underwater.

A few Whales seen from the boat.

Sea flat today, great day to be out to sea.

100's AND 100's OF HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!

4 October 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - none
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius top, 19 degrees Celsius bottom

Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip Sharks and a Hammerhead Shark!!!! On the reef we had at least 10 Ragged Tooth Sharks. Lots of beautiful reef fish and Gamefish all over the reef, also 2 Lionfish, a Round Ribbontail Ray an lots of False Fusiliers!!! As we look up there were 2 Huge shoals of 100's of Hammerhead Sharks!!!!!! Mid water we had another 3 shoals of 100's of Hammerhead Sharks. Big shoals of Bonito and Tuna. Also some interesting Plankton and Jellyfish

Whales and Flying fish seen from boat.

THE RAGGED TOOTH SHARKS ARE STILL AROUND ON PROTEA BANKS!

3 October 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 8 - 10m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius top, 19 degrees Celsius bottom

Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had a Potato Bass and an Oceanic Blacktip shark. There were reef fish all over the reef including a Lionfish, Parrot Fish, Kingfish and another Potato Bass. We had about 4 Ragged-tooth sharks keeping us busy the whole time we were on the reef. Amazing!!!! Mid water we had about 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and lots of interesting Plankton and Jellyfish.

Whales, Dolphins and Flying fish seen from boat.

HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ON OUR BAITED SHARK DIVE, ON PROTEA BANKS!

30 September 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

BAITED SHARK DIVE: As we dropped there were 3 Hammerhead sharks passing by. In the middle of the dive we had a shoal of about 20 Hammerhead sharks passing through. The rest of the dive there were the usual suspects, 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 2 Zambezi (Bull) and 2 Copper sharks. GREAT DIVE!!

Whales seen from the boat and heard underwater for the entire dive.

SO SO SO MANY SHARKS TO LOOK AT ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

26 September 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none, reverse
Viz: 5 - 10m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacle: On our way down to the reef we had 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Copper Shark. On our way up we had a shoal of about 50 Hammerhead sharks!!! Mid water we had some more Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out throughout the rest of the dive. Right before we went up we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark and another Hammerhead shark.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: Got to the reef and there were beautiful reef fish everywhere. Big shoal of Barracuda and Rainbow Runners as well. We also had 2 Ragged-tooth sharks. Mid water we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Dusky shark. Again right before we went up there was a Hammerhead shark. Lots of Plankton and Jellyfish.

Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

AGAIN 5 SPECIES OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

25 September 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 10m cleaning up at the bottom
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: It was action packed with at least 8 Oceanic Blacktip, 2 Dusky and 2 Zambezi (Bull) sharks staying with us until the end of the dive. We also had a few Copper sharks popping in and out and a shoal of about 10 Copper sharks swam passed the drum. We also had some Yellowfin Tuna.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: Got to the reef and there were reef and gamefish everywhere. As we looked up the were 4 Hammerhead sharks passing right over us!! Mid water we had so many sharks coming really close to the divers. About 5 Oceanic Blacktip and 4 Copper sharks. Also one Dusky shark and a HUGE shoal of Hammerhead sharks, 100+!!!!!! WOOOHHOOO!!!! Some very interesting jellyfish and plankton. With great weather and awesome conditions out at sea, a beautiful day of diving.

Whales and Flying Fish seen from the boat.

SO MANY HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

24 September 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: As we dropped there were 2 Copper sharks already. On our way down we had our first shoal of Hammerhead sharks!!! On the reef there was about 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and at least 2 Copper sharks. Also a Zambezi (Bull) shark. Lots of beautiful reef fish. Just before we started multi-leveling we had another big shoal of Hammerhead sharks ... mid water we had another 2 shoals of Hammerhead sharks!!!! And 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 3 Copper sharks popping in and out throughout the rest of the dive.

Whales, Flying Fish and Dolphins seen from the boat. Beautiful day of diving!!

100's OF HAMMERHEAD SHARKS + 4 MORE SPECIES OF SHARKS ... ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!

23 September 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium - strong
Viz: 10m at the top, clearing to 15m at the bottom 
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius near the surface, with 17 degrees Celsius at the bottom ... brrrr

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: At least 15 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 6 Copper sharks and 1 Zambezi (Bull) shark throughout the dive ... whooooohoooooo ... AN ACTION PACKED BAITED!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: Got to the reef and we had 3 Ragged-tooth sharks ... lol. Lots of reef fish and gamefish. As we looked up there was a HUGE shoal of Hammerhead sharks ... 100's - WOW, WOW! As we looked the other wayther was anothoer shaol of 100 + Hammerhead sharks WHOOP, WHOOP. Mid water we had at least 10 Ocaenic Blacktip sharks and shoaling Copper sharks, about 6 in total. Lots of Jellyfish.

Humpback Whales and flying fish see from the boast and one flying fish on the boat ... oops!!

What an amazing day of diving ... WHOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO!

SHORTFIN MAKO SHARK!!!!!!

19 September 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: We got into the water and there was a SHORTFIN MAKO SHARK that came really really really close to the divers and was popping in and out throughout the whole dive, UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! In the beginning of the dive we had a huge shoal of at least a 100 Hammerhead sharks. Near the end of the dive we had a Hammerhead shark that came right up to the divers and stayed with us for a minute or two. Crazy way to start the day!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacle: Got to the reef and it was like a baited shark dive with Oceanic Blacktip, Dusky and Copper sharks popping in and out on the reef. The reef was full of beautiful reef fish and lots of Gamefish. Mid water we had so many Oceanic Blacktip, Dusky and Copper sharks that stayed with us throughout the rest of the dive. We also had a Zambezi (Bull) shark.

Lots of Humpback Whales seen from the boat!!! EPIC DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ALL AROUND US ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!

7 September 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Dive 1 - Southern Pinnacle: As soon as we got into the water there were sharks ... on our way down we had 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. When we got to the reef we there were lots and lots of beautiful reef fish. When we looked up there was a Zambezi (Bull) shark passing by and right behind it was 2 Hammerhead sharks!!! AMAZING!!!! Mid water we had about 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and at least 4 Copper sharks popping in and out. We also had 2 sets of shoaling Hammerhead sharks. One shoal came right up to us and swam all around us. WOW WOW WOW!!!!

Dive 2 - Southern Pinnacle: We dropped and the viz was even better than the first dive. On the reef we had so many Yellowfin Tuna and Kingfish. We also had a Round Ribbontail Ray and some beautiful Parrot fish. While we were on the reef we had about 4 Hammerhead sharks, 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and a Copper shark. Mid water we had 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 Copper sharks. Lots of interesting Plankton and Jellyfish

Whales and lots of Flying Fish seen from the boat. With great weather a perfect day day of diving!!!

GOT TO SWIM WITH TWO SAILFISH ON THE WAY BACK FROM PROTEA BANKS ... IT WAS A FIRST FOR ME!!!!!!!!

6 September 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: strong
Viz: 8m, lots of Plankton
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: As we came down there were so so so many gamefish, mainly Tuna. The reef was so full of reef fish and we kept on seeing big shoals of gamefish ... pretty cool. Also had a Round Ribbontail Ray. The shark action was not like the past few days but we still had some Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out. Also several Hammerhead sharks popping in and out, and a smaller shoal of Hammerhead sharks seen. The last part of the dive was very quiet ... but lots of interesting Plankton to keep us busy. Also could hear the sound of Whales.

From the boat there was probably just as much action .. lol. Lots of Humpback Whales seen. Also some Flying fish. And gamefish bubbling out of the water.

On the way back, Jaco suddenly turned the boat ... shouted I think it is Marlin and before I new it I had jumped in the water and got up close to TWO SAILFISH .... oh my golly gosh ... after the initial fear of wondering if I was going to get impaled ... I had the most magical moment with the SAILFISH ... a first for me ... and perfect timing ... on my birthday!!!!

GREAT VIZ ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!!

5 September 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: Got into the water and could already see the reef ... Great viz. The reef was full of beautiful reef fish and we had an Eagle Ray and some Kingfish. While we were on the reef we had a Zambezi (Bull) shark popping in and out coming really close. Mid water we had about 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 4 Copper sharks and 2 big shoals and Hammerhead sharks. Great dive !!!!

Whales, a pod of about a 100 Dolphins and flying fish seen from the boat.

1000'S OF HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS ... WALLS, SHOALS ... LET'S JUST SAY HAMMERHEAD SHARKS EVERYWHERE!!!!

4 September 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: We had not even got to the pinnacle and already there were shoals of HAMMERHEAD sharks passing by. On the reef we had a HUGE Eagle Ray, some Kingfish and lots of reef fish. Mid water we had big shoals of Barracuda and Yellowfin Tuna. 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS throughout the rest of the dive ... what a dive ... WHOOP, WHOOP, WHOOP!!!

Oh ... let us not forget the Oceanic Blacktip shark.

Lots of Humpback Whales, Dolphins and Flying Fish seen from the boat!!!

EVEN MORE COPPER SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!!!!

30 August 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: As we got to the reef, there was a HUGE Eagle Ray that came really close to the divers. Also beautiful reef fish all over with a Potato Bass and some Kingfish and Tuna. Mid water we had about 6 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 15+ Copper sharks popping in and out throughout the rest of the dive. Lots of Plankton and Jelly Fish.

Lots of Humpback Whales and Copper Sharks seen breaching from the boat!!!

READ IT AND WEEP ... 1000's OF SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY ... HAMMERHEAD SEASON HAS STARTED WITH A BANG!!!

29 August 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacle: WOW WHERE DO I START ... lets just say non stop action from beginning to end. HAMMERHEAD, HAMMERHEADS, HAMMERHEADS ... did I mention HAMMERHEADS ... big ones, small ones, ... single ones, shoaling ones ... lets's just say HAMMERHEAD SHARKS everywhere!!!!!!! So so so so so so so many Oceanic Blacktips sharks ... more than we ever had on a baited ... lol. COPPER sharks sneaky in and out ... oh and don't forget the lonesome Ragged-tooth shark on the Southern Pinnacle. Also some shoaling Bigeye Kingfish.

Seriously did not know which way to look, sharks around us the entire dive. :) :) :)

Could also hear Whales underwater.

Lots of Humpback Whales and flying fish ... seen from the boat!!!

OMG ...WHAT A DIVE!!!!!!!

SOME MORE COPPER SHARKS ON PROTEA BANKS TODAY!!!!! BEAUTIFUL!!!!

28 August 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

BAITED SHARK DIVE: As soon as we dropped there was shark action straight away!!! A Hammerhead Shark was spotted right in the beginning of the dive but was not seen by everyone. Through the rest of the dive we had about 25+ Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 2 COPPER sharks keeping us busy and coming really close to the divers... Great dive!!!

We had some Humpback Whales breaching and playing REALLY so close to the boat. We also saw some flying fish!!!! WOW WOW WOW!!!!

Great way to start the day!!!!

SOOOOOOO MANY OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS!

25 August 2015 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacle: We got to the reef and there was lots and lots of reef fish all over. We had one Potato Bass coming really close to the divers. Mid water we had about 15 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out through the rest of the dive. Could hear Whales singing throughout the whole dive.

A Pod of about a 100 Dolphins passed by the boat. We also saw Humpback Whales and Flying Fish on our way to and from the dive ... AMAZING!!!!

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