Great White Sharks
Posted on Thursday, 9 June 2011
To start the month we had guests with us that have been regular guests now for over 10 years. We were really hoping they would get good sightings and over the five day period they really did. Every day was so different and had its mix of good activity around the boat and some really interesting predatory activity.
The high was definitely towards the end of their stay. We had great weather and the flat seas made for perfect shark viewing conditions. After a bit of a wait around the boat we had a couple drive by’s and then an extremely feisty 3.3 meter male. As Woods had been absent I was back on decoy duty. I tell you, this little shark really put me through my paces. He would approach the decoy with a fair bit of intent and as I would pull it away from him he would turn in the direction I was pulling the decoy and then race after it. He really was a crowd pleaser!
As we were enjoying this shark I saw a rather large head and throat of a shark as it very gently approached the decoy from below. The neck and head kept getting larger and as she eventually came up to the surface we got the full appreciation of this magnificent 4.3 meter female shark. These big animals do not normally stay around the boat for long and it is rare for them to be interactive. But, she was a beauty and did about 6 great passes. She was so relaxed it appeared she was moving in slow motion and we got a great look at her sheer girth. She is definitely the biggest shark we have seen in 2011 and we hope that some of her fellow sized toothy friends do us the same great favour by visiting “White Pointer”.
Activity was slowly on the increase and by 17 May we embarked on our first dedicated 10 Day Expedition of the Great White Shark season. This trip was hosted by Dr Neil Hammerschlag and the focus of the trip was to see a variety of shark species including Great whites, Mako & Blue sharks and sevengill cow sharks. The beauty of having the same people on the boat each day means that we can focus on getting the most out of a 10 day period with a specific goal each day. It is also so much fun when the group bonds and most times everyone walks away friends for life having shared very special sharky moments together.
Again, every day was so different and overall we had great shark activity around the boat. On one particular day we had a 3.8meter shark for virtually the whole morning. She was just amazing and as she was completely comfortable around the boat she made continuous close passes at the cage. Everyone on board was thrilled to experience a shark like this.
We also had other sharks that would do my favourite “white belly” approaches. It is pretty rare to see the blazing white belly of a great white so when they do steep vertical approaches to the decoy or bait it is very beautiful.