9 January 2016 | PROTEA BANKS

Current: medium – strong
Viz: 30m (lots of Plankton in the first 5m and then clear)
Sea Temp: 25 degrees Celsius

Southern Pinnacle: As we dropped in, the water was blue, blue, blue!!! We got down to the reef, the usaul suspects were around – a Potato Bass, lots of Kingfish, shoaling Rainbow Runners and plenty of reef fish. As we got to Sand Shark Gully we started seeing the Guitar sharks – there must have been about 8 in total. Also 3 Round Ribbontail Rays on the bottom. We also saw a Zambezi (Bull) shark and an Oceanic Blacktip shark. We then had some more Zambezi (Bull) shark action. Midwater … what can I say … shoaling Hammerhead sharks and then Zambezi (Bull) sharks popping in out and then more shoaling Hammerhead sharks and then Zambezi (Bull) sharks popping in and out. At one stage we were surrounded by Hammerhead sharks – must have seen 1000’s and 1000’s of Hammerhead sharks today. smile emoticon This action continued for about 30 minutes, till we got to our safety stop. On the safety stop we had a few more visits from a Zambezi (Bull) shark. We were also surrounded by shoaling Rainbow Runners. WHAT AN ACTION PACKED EXCITING DIVE!!!!! WOW, WOW, WOW!!!!

BAITED SHARK DIVE: What can I say … a perfect baited shark dive to end the day. Michelle counted 15 different Zambezi (Bull) sharks on the drum, I counted 13 – but since she was on the drum and it her business to know where her sharks are, we will go with 15 Zambezi (Bull) sharks. The Zambezi (Bull) sharks dominated the drum again, which sent the only two Oceanic Blacktip sharks scuttling after a few minutes. Also some Bonita and as we came up a big shoal of Tuna. Lots of Plankton.

Dolphins and a Flying Fish seen from the boat.

What an absolutely incredible day of diving. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!