Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

BAITED SHARK DIVE WITH LOADS OF BONITO!

8 August 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20m, but reducing as dive went on
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

BAITED SHARK DIVE: So with all the recent activity on Southern Pinnacles we decided to do our baited on Southerns for a change. We had 7 Oceanic Blacktip sharks throughout the dive. 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark in the distance. Also a Potato Bass. So many Bonito on the dive. Pretty wicked dive!!!!

So many Humpback Whales seen from the boat ... and with flat seas it was well worth a day out to sea.

RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS and DUSKY SHARKS an interesting combination!

7 August 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium, reverse pulling inshore
Viz: 8 - 15m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: Another great dive. There are still lots and lots of Ragged-tooth sharks swimming around mid water on the Southern Pinnacles which I find rather bizarre ... but hey always good to see something different. A few Dusky sharks darting in and out. Also a Brindle Bass and a Potato Bass. 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. Also my favourite A PUFFERFISH ... whoop, whoop!! The reef is still so full of gamefish and reef fish - awesome. Lots of jellies around. A REALLY GOOD DIVE!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: The viz was reduced a lot compared to the first dive but still lots of Ragged-tooth sharks to be seen. 1 Potato Bass. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray and a small Black Spotted Electric Ray. Lots of gamefish and reef fish. So many Trigger fish. Lots of jellies around including the one that I love that looks like a Dolphin.

So many Humpback Whales today seen breaching, the sea was alive and we also saw Dolphins. Dolphins and Whales were also clearly heard underwater.

It is Phil's last day ... sad face (Going to miss him like crazy!! - If you ever get a chance to dive with him, trust me, take it - it is out of this world! - Google 'MrSHARKDIVER') ... hopefully we will see him soon again with Jim ...

WOW! WOW! WOW! One of the BEST DIVES ever on PROTEA BANKS!!!

6 August 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: 8 - 15m
Sea Temp: 18 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: So the first dive was great by most peoples standards. Lots of Ragged-tooth sharks in and out the caves. Also an Oceanic Blacktip shark popping in and out of the dive. Also saw a Tiger Angel fish. Lots of reef fish and so many 'jellies' in the water. All and all great diving.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: So I must admit for me seeing the same Ragged-tooth sharks can get a bit much so I though lets see what is happening on Southern Pinnacles. The sea had been alive between the dives. Humpback Whales all over. Sharks jumping out the water, sharks swimming on the surface. Gamefish jumping out the water.

So Southerns was agreed upon ... and what a friggin choice. As we descended it looked like we were in a aquarium filled with gamefish, they were all around us. The dive could have stopped there and would have been pretty EPIC, but as divers do we continued down.

On the bottom Phil pointed out the first Ragged-tooth shark - I was a bit interested as they don't hang out on the Southern Pinnacle. Then another, and another - Ragged-tooth sharks as far as you could see. I should not have looked up - as I did we had a friggin Ragged-tooth shark swimming towards us mid water followed by shoaling Dusky sharks and a Hammerhead shark, with a couple of Oceanic Blactipp sharks popping in and out ... WHAT THE ****. Only 5 minutes now into the dive and already it is the dive of a lifetime. But what do divers do, they continue ...

So as we hit Kingfish Gully more Ragged-tooth sharks everywhere, swimming in and out of Kingfish Gully ... WHAT THE ****, oh and a Potato Bass. Bear in mind we are still surrounded by gamefish.

Then it started again one Dusky, 2 Dusky, 3 Dusky sharks ... WHAT THE **** now there are Dusky sharks as far as the eye can see, hundreds. All the way up were were surrounded by Dusky sharks and WHAT THE ****, even friggin shoaling Hammerhead sharks. The action did not stop till we got the to surface.

WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW ... certainly a DREAM DIVE ... UNFORGETTABLE, MIND BLOWING! EPIC!!!!!!!!!

Officially the coldest day on PROTEA BANKS ... 12 DEGREES ... Yes, it is PHIL's fault!

5 August 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: not good ... lol
Sea Temp: 12 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: The viz was about 3m coming down but opened up to about 20m at the bottom. Still alot of Ragged-tooth sharks around. 2 Brindle Bass and a Potato Bass. Also a Lionfish and some reef fish. A whopping 14 degrees at the bottom ...

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: No viz. Ragged-tooth sharks around, probably a lot if you could see. Wait for it ... 12 degrees at the bottom ... officially the coldest by far that we have ever recorded on Protea Banks ... 

Eish ... still BRRRRRRRRRR.

4 August 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: murky coming down but very clean at the bottom
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius at the surface, 14 degrees Celsius at the bottom ... brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: Only one Oceanic Blacktip shark that kept on coming back ... sad face. Not much other activity besides a few sharks far underneath.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: Lots of Ragged-tooth sharks all the way up to the surface. Water was only 14 degrees Celsius. Reef fish and an eel ...lol. Water was murky coming down but very clean at the bottom. A few Humpback Whales seen from the boat. A really good second dive!

BRRRRRRRRRR ... but loads of Ragged-tooth sharks.

3 August 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius near the surface, 15 degrees Celsius at the bottom (so cold)

Northern Pinnacles: At least 30 Ragged-tooth sharks. 1 small Bull (Zambezi) shark. 2 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish. Dolphins, Humpback Whales and fying fish seen from the boat. Fantastic Diving!!!!!

HUMPBACK WHALE ON SCUBA ON PROTEA BANKS!!!!

1 August 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 6m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Ragged-tooth sharks in and out the caves, as far as you could see ... EPIC! 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and 1 small Hammerhead shark. 1 BIG Round Ribbontail Ray. Lots of reef fish and 'jellies'. EXCELLENT DIVING!!

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: A HUMPBACK WHALE that come right down to the reef to say Hi ... Flippin MIND BLOWING!!! If that in itself was not enough we had a Turtle, Potato Bass. Also a Barracuda and reef fish. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!

A WALL OF RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS ... EPIC!!!!!

31 July 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 5m ... sad face
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of Ragged-tooth sharks ... as far as you could see, they were stacked like a wall ... WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!. Lots of reef fish around but hard to see because of viz. When divers surfaced they had Dolphins and a Bull (Zambezi) shark swimming with them on the surface. Humpback Whales also seen from the boat. Viz bad but epic, memorable diving!!!!!!

A GREAT MIXTURE OF SHARKS!!

28 July 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium, reverse
Viz: 15m+ at the bottom, lots of Plankton mid water and greenish
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 4 Ragged-tooth sharks. At least 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. About 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out of the dive. A couple of Remora's. 3 Nudibranchs lol ... even Diks was taking photo's of the epic white one. Wind picked up but nice to be in the water. 1 Humpback Whale very close to the boat on the way back from the dive.

LIKE A BAITED DIVE ... WITHOUT THE BAIT! SHARKS EVERYWHERE!

23 July 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 15m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: 30 Ragged-tooth sharks at least around the caves. From 20m upwards at least 2 cheeky Bull (Zambezi) sharks and about 7 Oceanic Blacktip sharks that stayed with divers all the way up. All your normal reef fish. A lot of 'jellies'. Excellent shark diving. Sea rough but well worth a day out.

Another AWESOME day of SHARK diving!

19 July 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m at the bottom, a bit dirty for the first 10m or so
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius 

Northern Pinnacles: At least 45 Ragged-tooth sharks. 4 sightings of Bull (Zambezi) sharks and about 8 sightings of Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish. Stunning dive!

Lots of sharks!

18 July 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: At least 30 Ragged-tooth sharks. 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark. 7 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out on the dive. 1 Brindle Bass. Big, big shoal of Bonito. Also lots of reef fish.

Humpback Whales and Dolphins seen from the boat. The sea was a bit rough but the dive was definitely worthwhile. AWESOME to be in the water!

More than 40 Ragged-tooth sharks and more ...

16 July 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 25 - 30m
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: WOW! WOW! WOW! More than 40 Ragged-tooth sharks seen throughout the dive. 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Potato Bass and lots of reef fish!!!! GREAT DIVE!!!!!!!

RAGGED-TOOTH sharks all over ...

13 July 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 30m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles: At least 30 Ragged-tooth sharks seen throughout the dive. Also 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks. A Potato Bass and lots of reef fish!!!! AMAZING DIVE!!!!!!!

BAITED SHARK DIVE with 'FAMILY' today!!

12 July 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

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

BAITED SHARK DIVE: Had 7 Oceanic Blacktip sharks and 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark - non stop action. Also a rainbow runner .. lol. Lots of 'jellies' around.

On the way back a baby Humpback Whale breached right in front of us ... INCREDIBLE. Lots of other Humpback Whales around.

Nice to have 'my family' together today ... big smile.

Sea flat, sea warm, sea clean ... EPIC day!!!! All in all, the perfect day out at sea.

4 species of SHARKS, including HAMMERHEADS ... WHOOP! WHOOP!!!

11 July 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, pulling out to sea
Viz: 10 - 15m
Sea Temp: 21 degrees Celsius

Northern Pinnacles (La la land): At least 5 Bull (Zambezi) sharks in and out throughout the dive. 2 Ragged-tooth sharks. 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Potato Bass and a Musselcracker. Shoaling juvenile Rainbow Runners. Plenty of False Fusiliers. Lots of other reef fish. And then to end off a great dive we had 2 HAMMERHEAD sharks pop in to say Hi on the safety stop.

The sea was flat with Humpback Whales seen from the boat. All in all, the perfect day out at sea.

BABY HUMPBACK WHALE on scuba!! Boom!!!

7 July 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: weak, reverse
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 16 degrees Celsius, brrrrrrrr

Northern Pinnacles: Dropped in on 3 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 1 BABY HUMPBACK WHALE! Woohoo! 15 Ragged-tooth sharks around the caves. 1 Potato Bass midwater. Loads of shoaling fish @ 15m. Saw plenty of Triggerfish and reef fish as well. Sea rough but EPIC diving!

Whales and Dolphins greeted us!

29 June 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacles: Greeted on the surface by 2 Humpback Whales surrounded by a big pod of Dolphins! Drifted over beautiful small caves and spotted 1 Ragged-tooth shark. Spotted loads of interesting 'jellies' from 18m and were then joined by 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks who kept coming in and out of view until the 5m safety stop. Another incredible dive!! Watch this space!!

A TURTLE!!!! ... for a change ...

28 June 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacles: Started off with seeing Humpback Whales breaching on the surface, WOW! Saw 3 large Ragged-tooth sharks and loads of beautiful reef fish. We were graced with a MASSIVE sleepy Turtle near the ocean floor and then followed for most of the dive by a Remora. 1 inquisitive Potato Bass at 10m. Really stunning chilled out dive.

Humpback Whales seen from the boat!!!!

22 June 2014 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark. 3 Potato Bass. 1 Electric Ray. Lots of shark teeth in cave but no Ragged-tooth sharks today (water too warm). Lots of Surgeon fish. Really nice to be in the water, lovely down there. At least 4 Humpback Whales seen from the boat!!!!!

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