Spotted Gully Shark Encounter
Posted on Monday, 5 March 2012
Every summer Chris & I aim to try and dive with this normally shy species of shark. They live in temperate waters and can be found in the kelp forests, shallow bays and off sandy beaches. They are endemic to Southern Africa but are cousins to the American Leopard shark.
There are a number of areas that you can find them in the Southern Cape but all areas seem to be very dependent on the conditions in terms of if you find them there are not. After many years we have kind of worked it out. This past week we saw the conditions and decide to try for them for 2 days in Struisbaai.
The sea conditions were flat and water visibility great. And the Spotted Gully’s were present!
It was still not that easy, they are notoriously shy and Chris had to carry out a clandestine operation in order to get closer to them. I initially gave them space but was able to snorkel with them some of the time.