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White Shark Season Starts - Seal Island

written by Alistair Louw

great white sharks of Seal Island South Africa with Apex Shark Expeditions

Posted on Saturday, 6 February 2016

At 7:00 we arrived at the northern end of the island and noticed a shark at another boat, we found a good anchorage and started the chumming process immediately,  within a short while we had a  “drive-by”, this is a shark that shows very little interest in the bait and carries on swimming past, however within a half-hour we had a much bigger shark approximately 3.5m have a good go at our top bait. Thanks to Lunga’s quick reactions the bait was removed out the intent sharks way!

At 7:00 we arrived at the northern end of the island and noticed a shark at another boat, we found a good anchorage and started the chumming process immediately,  within a short while we had a “drive-by”, this is a shark that shows very little interest in the bait and carries on swimming past, however within a half-hour we had a much bigger sharked approximately 3.5m have a good go at our top bait, thanks to Lunga’s quick reactions and pulling the bait out the intent sharks way! The shark then sunk down and swam past the cage much to the delight of the cage divers. This same shark had a few more goes at the top bait over the next 3hrs and everyone in the cage and aboard the boat had great sightings of this beautiful apex predator.

 

This time of year, the sharks are not “flying” but rather scavenging on seal pups on the northern end of the island! These pups are still too young to leave the island as they are dependent on their mothers to feed them. Young pups are washed off the island and drown as they are too weak to swim back. Other pups are born with a motor neuron disease and are also unable to get back onto the island once washed off and become an easy meal for a great white shark.

 

On our second trip, we left Simon's Town harbour at 12:30 and as we were about to drop anchor for the afternoon session, a 3.5m shark swam around the boat! This hurried us all into gear and we had anchors down and guests in the cage within 5 min!! We had a few good sightings of “drive-bys” and saw a big shark scavenge on a dead seal about 50m from the boat!

We saw a small pod of common dolphins and had a Brydes whale blow in the distance only to  disappear as we approached.

A great day was had by all!

Thanks APEX crew for your passion and professionalism, we will try again, and wait with great anticipation for what the sharks of False bay have in store for us tomorrow!

 

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Seal Island - False Bay

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