Great White Sharks, Seal Island
Posted on Sunday, 10 April 2011
Every season at Seal Island is different. This year we have had a great surprise with the sharks making an early return to Seal Island. We think that great white shark movement depends mostly on what they are feeding on. In the summer months most of the shark activity is close to shore where they feed on a diet of other species of shark (smooth hound and soupfin sharks) as well as migratory fish species such as Yellowtail, Kob, Elf etc. All these species move into False Bay with warm water currents. During this time we do not run white shark trips, simply because there is little to no activity at Seal Island. As soon as the seasons change and the migratory fish and sharks leave False Bay the Great whites move to Seal Island where they predominantly feed on young of the year Cape fur seals. This normally happens around early to mid April each year.
In 2011 we have been seeing sharks at the Island since early February which is fantastic news for us! I hope I don’t jinx myself now, but we have seen Great whites on all trips since the middle of Feb.
Obviously some trips have been better than others but we should not lose sight of the fact that Great whites are extremely rare and any way to see one is special. Initially the sightings around the boat have been quick but as we approach the end of March activity is definitely starting to pick up.
We have even had a couple of very interactive sharks that we have not seen before. One is a small male that has more than half of his left pectoral fin missing and then another smallish male that has 2 very bold white markings on both sides of his dorsal fin. We are all going to be on the look out for their return. They are awesome individuals and will be easy to identify again.