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Seal Island, False Bay 2015

written by Kirsty MacSymon

Seals on Seal Island, False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa.

Posted on Friday, 30 October 2015

The time has come for the seals at Seal Island to swim freely throwing caution to the wind. The time has come for the seagulls to search for another food source, as there are no more entrails of a seal on the water’s surface.  The once turbulent waters created by the presence of a Great White shark stalking a seal pup are gone. No more breath taking leaps from the water by a breaching Great White and no more incredible dances on the water’s surface by a seal trying to strategically out manoeuvre the shark.

 

The Great White sharks of Seal Island have travelled inshore in search of another food source or migrated up our East coast.

 

The once turbulent waters created by the presence of a Great White shark stalking a seal pup are gone.

This season has had a lot of ups and downs. Some of the low lights of the season included the period around the 15th of April when the Great White sharks completely disappeared from Seal Island and at the same time, the Broadnose Sevengill shark (Notorynchus cepedianus)  disappeared from Miller`s point close to Simon’s Town where they are usually seen . When the sharks did return mid-May, there was a lot of excitement and we were back on the water doing what we loved. This year guests have seen some amazing breaches and chases on the water, some which are very hard to forget and a privilege to see. 

 

 

The highlights of this season included seeing a couple of regular sharks, such as “Madonna”, who`s always a fiery lady around the boat, “Gangster”, “Mark”, who is always a player, and “Colossus”, who appeared briefly this season. Along with the regular sharks that joined, so did a lot of our regular guests.

 

A big thank you to everyone who joined us this season.

Happy Holidays and stay safe! Join us next year.  

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Great White Shark, Marine Life, Seal Island - False Bay

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