False bay great white shark cage diving
The great white shark, Carcharodon carcharias, also known as great white, white pointer, white shark, or white death, is a large lamniform shark found in coastal surface waters in all major oceans, including False Bay, South Africa.
The great white shark is very well known for its size, with the largest individuals known to have approached or exceeded 6 metres (20 ft) in length and 2,268 kilograms (5,000 lb) in weight.
The great white shark reaches maturity at around 15 years of age and can have a life span of over 30 years. The great white shark is arguably the world's largest known extant macropredatory fish and is one of the primary predators of marine mammals. It is also known to prey upon a variety of other marine animals including fish, pinnipeds, and seabirds. It is the only known surviving species of its genus, Carcharodon.
Great white shark viewing in False Bay, in its most natural form, Occurs either early in the morning or during late afternoon.
Sharks are often portrayed as this man-eating monster of the seas but in fact, great white sharks are intelligent hunters – not indiscriminate killers
Lying just off the coast of Simon's Town, Seal Island is home to thousands of Cape Fur Seals, who in turn, attract predators like the Great White Shark and the Mako Shark. It is a popular destination for shark cage diving operators as sightings of the Great White are always good, and is by far the best place in the world to witness the spectacular phenomenon of great white shark breaching – highly unusual behaviour, which occurs here with more frequency than anywhere else.
A Great white shark breaching is not only fascinating to watch, but you can observe how the white shark flies out of the water after their prey. A Great white shark breaching is an unforgettable sight and great photography, if you are able to capture the moment.
Scientists have acknowledged that great white sharks behave differently in False Bay at Seal Island, than anywhere along the South African coastline.
Great white sharks breaching in False bay is mostly due to the ideal topographic structure around seal island, allowing for stealth and attack and therefore "flying" out of the water after their prey.
The Great White Shark is attracted to the False Bay region as a result of two oceanic currents, the warm Agulhas Current and the cold Benguela Current, creating a temperate zone just off the South African coast - providing ideal conditions for the Great White Shark in particular.
When diving with great whites, You will be in a square mesh galvanized steel cage, approved by the White Shark cage diving code of conduct. The cage is +-1.5 meters in diameter and +-2.1 meters high and has several viewing ports that allows for viewing, photography and filming. The cage is securely attached to the boat and has an emergency air supply. Entering and exiting from the cage is easy and will be explained to you before the dive. A dive master will assist you at all times. With a maximum of twelve divers on the boat at any time, you can pretty much dive till you've had enough.
White sharks are attracted to the boat by the means of “chumming”. This is a process where an “odour trail” is created (also known as a chum slick), which will guide the sharks to the boat. The chum usually consists of a mixture of mashed tuna, and/or other oily fish, such as sardines, and fish oil. This is all placed in a big drum off the stern of the boat, and throughout the day seawater is added to the drum and mixed with the chum. This very strong smelling mixture is then constantly ladled back into the ocean, and will slowly drift away from the boat, creating the chum slick. This chum slick can be seen on top of the water, spreading out with the currents and the wind. Now it is a game of patients and luck. As soon as a shark swims across the chum slick, the shark will follow the scent to the source (which is the boat). The shark will swim up the chum slick in a zig-zag pattern, a hunting strategy which prevents the shark from missing any potential food sources drifting from the main food source. Once the shark is close to the boat, bait and often a decoy (a lure often cut in the shape of a seal), is used to attract the shark to the surface and closer to the boat, enabling cage divers to view the shark.
To go Great White Shark cage diving in False Bay, please contact one of the following companies:
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