Dive Logbook for PROTEA BANKS

A very good dive considering the visibility ...

25 April 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 8m, viz got better as dive progressed
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

BAITED SHARK DIVE: 1 TIGER Shark seen only by Kyle, but left drum before divers got in the water. 4 OCEANIC BLACKTIP sharks. Also a few smaller BULL (ZAMBEZI) sharks, that popped in and out of the dive but they stayed deeper.  A SUNFISH seen from the boat.  A very good dive considering the visibility ... and the British and Irish redeemed themselves so are allowed to dive with us tomorrow ... lol.

From great, to not so great diving ... all in one day.

24 April 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10 - 20m
Sea Temp: 23 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - BAITED SHARK DIVE: 1 TIGER shark for a short time. 2 OCEANIC BLACKTIP sharks. 2 BULL (ZAMBEZI) sharks. A really great interactive dive - FANTASTIC!!!!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 BIG TIGER SHARK that stayed on the safety stop with us for more than 10 minutes - AMAZING!!!!  2 OCEANIC BLACKTIP sharks. 1 Potato Bass. Awesome dive!!!

DIVE 3 - Southern Pinnacles: ... and then the IRISH and ENGLISH came for a dive with their camera's and guess what no sharks ... ring a bell Lisa? Kyle managed to see 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Round Ribbontail Rays. 2 Brindle Bass ... not the best dive ever!

An incredible BAITED SHARK DIVE today ... 3 TIGER sharks and more ...

23 April 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium
Viz: 20m
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

BAITED SHARK DIVE: An incredible BAITED SHARK DIVE today. 3 TIGER sharks (2 really big ones and a smaller one). 4 OCEANIC BLACKTIP sharks and 4 BULL (ZAMBEZI) sharks popping in and out of the dive. Also Bonito popping in and out the dive. Also 1 Potato Bass. AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

VERY, VERY GOOD DIVE!!

14 April 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20 - 25m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks, 3 Round Ribbontail Rays and a Potato Bass. Tuna and lots of 'jellies'.

VERY, VERY GOOD DIVE!!

DOLPHINS ON SCUBA ON THE NORTHERN PINNACLE!!!!!!!

13 April 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Northern Pinnacles: DOLPHINS ON SCUBA!!!!!!!! Lots of reef fish and lots of 'jellies'.

VIZ MUCH BETTER ON THIS DIVE - GOOD DIVE!!

GOT TO SWIM WITH A POD OF DOLPHINS ON THE WAY TO THE DIVE SITE!!

7 April 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: 2 OCEANIC BLACKTIP SHARKS and 3 ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. DEVIL FIRE FISH, NATAL KNIFEJAW AND LOTS OF SEA GOLDIES! GOOD DIVE!

GOT TO SWIM WITH A POD OF DOLPHINS ON THE WAY TO THE DIVE SITE!!

OK DIVE!

4 April 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 10m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and 1 Potato Bass.  Lots of Redfang Trigger fish and 'jellies'. OK DIVE!

SHARKS and a MANTA RAY!!!!

31 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

Southern Pinnacles: 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks and 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 MANTA RAY and an Eagle Ray. 1 Potato Bass. Kingfish, Tuna, Bonito and lots of reef fish.

From TIGER SHARKS to RAYS!!!!

30 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 TIGER SHARK, 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and 1 Oceanic Blacktip shark. 1 Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish. LOTS OF 'JELLIES'!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 7 GUITAR SHARKS and 12 ROUND RIBBONTAIL RAYS. Lots of game fish and a BIG POTATO BASS!

GREAT DIVES!

IF YOU DIDN'T DIVE TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS YOU MISSED OUT!!

29 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 3 TIGER SHARKS and A HUGE MANTA RAY. At least 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 Potato Bass. Lots of 'jellies'!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 4 Oceanic Blacktip shark. Round Ribbontail Rays.  Lots of game fish and reef fish.

2 GOOD DIVES!! IF YOU DIDN'T DIVE TODAY ON PROTEA BANKS YOU MISSED OUT!!

EXCELLENT SHARK DIVING, with 4 species of sharks today!!!!

28 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

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

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 3 TIGER SHARKS and 10 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. Also 3 Guitar sharks. Lots of reef fish and 'jellies'.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 TIGER SHARK, 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark, 4 Hammerhead sharks, 7 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 3 Guitar sharks and a Potato Bass.

EXCELLENT SHARK DIVING!!!!

Not much action but always good to be in the water!

24 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 5 - 10m
Sea Temp: 20 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles: 1 Potato Bass and a Round Ribbontail Ray. Lots of reef fish and 'jellies'. 

VERY GOOD DIVE ON PROTEA BANKS!

20 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 25m+
Sea Temp: 26 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacles (THE ARCH): 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 Potato Bass and 1 Brindle Bass.  So many reef fish. VERY GOOD DIVE!

GOOD START TO THE WEEK!

18 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: none
Viz: 5 to 15m, a bit milky from plankton
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Bull (ZAMBEZI) SHARKS and 1 Potato Bass. Kingfish, Rainbow Runner, Bonito and Natal Knifejaw. 1 Whitespotted Pufferfish! Lots of Triggerfish and hundreds of Goldies. 2 BIG Remora that stayed with us for the entire dive. Lots of Jellyfish and different Plankton. GOOD START TO THE WEEK!

2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks seen from the boat on our SIT time.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: 3 Potato Bass, one at the back of the second cave. Shoaling Fusiliers. Found shark teeth in the second cave. Lots of jellyfish and plankton. RELAXING DIVE!!!

WHAT A GREAT DAY ON 'THE BANKS'!!!!

If you were not in the water today ... OMG you missed out!!

16 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: light, reverse
Viz: 15m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius on the bottom and 24 on the surface

Southern Pinnacles: 1 TIGER SHARK and 2 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 friendly Potato Bass. BIG shoal Kingfish, shoaling Elongated Surgeon fish, Tropical Amberjacks. 1 Whitespotted Pufferfish ... my favorite besides the sharks ... love their faces. Lots of Jellyfish and different Plankton. AWESOME DIVE!!!!!

If you were not in the water today ... OMG you missed out!!

1 MARLIN ... yip and I was conned into being top man ...

14 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 10m at the surface, 3m between 15 and 25m, 0 to 12m on the bottom
Sea Temp: 19 degrees Celsius on the bottom and 24 on the surface

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Round Ribbontail Rays and 1 Potato Bass. BIG shoal of Kingfish, BIG shoal Jobfish, BIG shoal of Rubberlips, shoaling Fingerfin and Tropical Amberjacks. Lots and lots of Goldies and Triggerfish. 2 HUGE Natal Wrasse. Reef was just teeming with life. Lots of Jellyfish and plankton. WHAT A DIVE - JUST SO MUCH TO SEE!

Between dives saw 3 Oceanic Blacktip sharks around the boat. A pod of Dolphins and Bonito jumping out the water.

DIVE 2 - Northern Pinnacles: 1 MARLIN ... yip and I was conned into being top man for the second dive while Tris got to see yet another Marlin ... so not impressed!!!!! 4 Oceanic Blacktip sharks from midwater to safety stop, that stayed with divers for more than 15 minutes. 2 Round Ribbontial Rays. 1 Potato Bass. 1 Massive Speckled Snapper. 1 Black Musselcracker. Shoaling Tuna and much more.

TWO ABSOLUTELY ACTION PACKED DIVES!!!!!!!!!!!! ... and bit cold, but well worth a day out!

A SHARK filled 80 minute dive! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE WAY TO START THE DAY!

12 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: 20m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

BAITED SHARK DIVE: 2 TIGER sharks (and maybe a third or one of the Tigers coming in again). 7 Oceanic Blacktip sharks popping in and out (5 of which stayed with us the entire dive). 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark that stayed below us for more than half the dive. Bonito popping in and out on the drum. A SHARK filled 80 minute dive! WHAT AN INCREDIBLE WAY TO START THE DAY! 

A Giant Moray Eel for a change ...

11 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: 25m, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Potato Bass and a glimpse of a Shark. 1 Round Ribbontail Ray. 1 Giant Moray Eel. A Crayfish. Cleaner Wrasse. 2 Remora on safety stop.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 1 Bull (Zambezi) shark and 5 Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 small Potato Bass. 3 Round Ribbontail Rays. Shoaling Bonito. 1 Giant Barracuda and Trigger fish. GOOD DIVES!!

Stunning dive on the Southern Pinnacles ...

10 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild, reverse
Viz: 20m+, a bit milky
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: 1 brief encounter with an Oceanic Blacktip shark. 1 white Musselcracker. Tropical Amberjack. Lots of reef fish. Spent a few minutes in the first cave and found a few shark teeth. Nice dive!!

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharks - got to swim alongside a nice big one. About 6 encounters with Oceanic Blacktip sharks. 1 very friendly BIG Potato Bass. A large shoal of Bonito. 1 super friendly Remora that decided my leg was his new home. Lots of reef fish. STUNNING DIVE!!!!

Awesome dive and beautiful sea conditions.

8 March 2013 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: mild
Viz: at 15m we had 10 - 15m viz and at the bottom it was a green 5- 8m
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsius

DIVE 1 - Northern Pinnacles: Swam next to an Oceanic Blacktip shark. 1 small Potato Bass. Lots of reef fish. Had 2 Bull (Zambezi) sharksi) circling below and they came up to Suresh and Kym and swam round with them!!! Awesome dive and beautiful sea conditions.

DIVE 2 - Southern Pinnacles: Lots of game fish round King Fish Gully. 5 Round Ribbontail Rays. 1 frisky Oceanic Blacktip shark that came up to see the divers. Lots of little Jellyfish. Lots of reef fish on the ridge. Real Fun Dive!!!!

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