Ragged Tooth Sharks & Baby Hammerheads
Posted on Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Most summers Apex runs an expedition called Sharks of Southern Africa. This expedition focuses on finding and diving with as many different shark species as possible. On this expedition we have a spot up our East coast where we dive in a Smooth Hammerhead pup nursery and we also find bronze whalers sharks and ragged tooth sharks in shallow areas.
Just last week there was great weather predicted so Chris along with a few friends decided to spend 4 days here.
I sometimes have to spend time in the office so unfortunately I could not join them, but even though I was a touch jealous (!) I was thrilled that they got to have such a great time.
The sea temperature was very warm, 23C. Chris recons that on each day upwards of 100 smooth hammerhead pup were spotted cruising on the surface. This is the most we have ever seen in this area, so it was very exciting. They can be tricky to dive with as some days they are comfortable coming up to the boat, and then other days, not at all.
On this trip Chris found large numbers of Ragged-tooth sharks in a shallow area so he concentrated almost all his efforts on these dives.