Shark Bytes May 2018
Posted on Thursday, 7 June 2018
This is going to be a rather short and sweet sharky update but as we have positive news I felt I had to share it with you all!
Seal Island, False Bay News
Yes, you may have already guessed but we have finally had the first Great white shark sightings of the season at Seal Island just a few days ago. After an anxious wait it was pure joy to see a great white shark up close around the boat and I know the Apex Crew was just as excited, or perhaps more so, than our guests on board.
So far 3 different Great whites have been recorded around the boat along with a total of 6 predatory events also observed. On one of these events the famous but allusive male shark, Colossus was sighted. This shark is well known for appearing in a number of Air Jaws Discovery Shark Week shows and I know that many of you will be thrilled to hear that he is still around. His size is now estimated at between 4 and 4.5 meters (between 13 and 14 feet) so he is starting to become a heavy-weight shark!
We know it is early days yet but we are thrilled to have a few special large sharky friends around.
In the lead up to the first Great white shark sighting we were consistently having good seven gill cow shark sightings and everyone was enjoying seeing these sharks around the boat and from the cage. One of the large females present was just under 3 meters long, which is just about as big as they can get. We have also had fantastic water visibility at Seal Island which has been awesome for a great cage diving experience.
What is extremely interesting is that apart from the first day of a great white sighting, all the seven gill cow sharks now seem to have completely departed from Seal Island. In the absence of the great whites they filled the gap that was left but now that a shark higher up on the food chain than them has returned it seems they no longer feel comfortable staying in the area.
It constantly amazes me how in tune nature is with everything around them, as well as how fine the balance is that exists in the ecosystem.