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!!!!!!!!!