September 2007 Shark Bytes
Posted on Sunday, 30 September 2007
Dear Shark Lovers!
As we edge towards the end of September the sharks are becoming quieter at Seal Island, signaling the start of the low season.
During the month we have had a mixture of good days and slow days. One thing for sure is that the sharks completely lost interest in coming up to the boat so on albeit 2 days we were not able to dive purely do to lack of sharks. Of the very few sharks that decided to visit the boat “Bumps” was one! This means that we recorded her at Seal Island every month of the high season April to September. We also had a small 2,2 meter male who we saw in August. Chris reckons that he has grown in the space of a month!
The predatory hunting events have been active and most of the sightings this month have been during these events. In fact this September has been busier than September 2006.
The Southern Right Whales sightings have also continued to be excellent and seeing these animals on the ride home is always an added bonus. We have also encountered a high number of Brydes whales in the bay. These whales are notoriously shy but on one particular trip we had a number of them very close to the boat which was a great privilege.
Looking back on the past season it was both successful and also held a few disappointments. We had one of our best intermediate seasons seeing good sharks in both March and April. May was also busier than usual and not only did we see high numbers of sharks around the boat but we also had good breaches on the decoy. June, usually one of best months, was very disappointing. We experienced torrid weather and this seemed to have a negative impact on the sharks. There was very little hunting behavior and very few sharks came up to the boat. So, a lot of the time was spent waiting for sharks in cold, wet and windy conditions! (It is not always roses out there!). July really saw the activity begin to pick up and this carried through the whole month of August. Even sightings in September have continued later that normal.
A very worrying factor for us is that we did not see many of our most famous and well known sharks from previous years. The sharks that we did not see are of a variety of sizes so there is no logical explanation for not seeing them. At the end of each season it is always sad for Chris & I to say goodbye to the sharks and we can only wish them safely on their travels.