Great White Trail, Cape Town, South Africa 2015
Posted on Wednesday, 16 September 2015
I’m here! Our boat riding the waves of False Bay towards the beautiful sunrise, the salty spray of the sea in my face full of anticipation, this feeling of accomplishment after imagining this moment over and over again for such a long time. I’m here! I’m on The Great White Trail, finally!
These were the thoughts going through my head right at the beginning of an awe-inspiring one week journey full of action, emotions and surprises.
And it didn’t take long to be right within the activity around Seal Island in False Bay, with large numbers of Cape Fur Seals rushing back from their feeding grounds, the literally ‘flying’ Great White Sharks awaiting them and the various species of seabirds being the first to arrive at the scene after a predation.
With the activity quietened down later in the mornings the curious sharks came very close to the boat and we even got to go in the water in the shark cage to come face to face with these beautiful animals - truly an experience second to none!
After four days, the first of South Africa’s three Great White Shark hotspots had kept its promise. A great spectacle of one of nature’s oldest battle for survival and close encounters with the ocean’s Apex predator, all this set in the most beautiful scenery one can offer their eyes!
Further east, in Mossel Bay, juvenile Great White Sharks were the centre of attention for two days of our trip. These slightly smaller sharks must have practised a lot before our arrival as they put on a spectacular show above and below the water surface. Numerous breaches on bait and seal decoys had the time on our boat and in the cage pass way too quickly.
Still processing all the experiences of the past six days, we made our way back west to Gansbaai/Kleinbaai. As in Mossel Bay, cage diving and surface viewing were on the agenda. There was good interaction with our beloved Great Whites and we were lucky to see other marine animals and wildlife in and around the famous Shark Alley between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock.