Dear Shark Lovers,
I am reminded every year about this time why it is a good idea to stay very far away from Cape Town as right now I am completely over this wind that has been blowing a gale for the past month!
Despite the wind we have still managed a few adventures and some time with various shark species…
I am sure many of you have places that you go back to time and time again. Namibia is one such country for Chris & I. Even though this was to be our 10th visit our month long trip would still be taking us to a remote part of Namibia that we had not been to before. We were extremely excited to spend time in The Kaokaveld but we tried not to think about it too much as we were starting our trip with a 2 week stay in Etosha National Park.
The Kaokaveld is the North Western region of Namibia. As it is a very harsh and arid desert environment it has very few inhabitants and is considered a wild and remote place, perfect and just the kind of experience we were looking for! Our main objective was to look for desert animals and take in the astounding beauty that we had always heard about.
Spending time in “The Bush” is without doubt one of my favourite things to do. Being out in the wild remote wilderness area, without the cell phone and internet is a rare and welcome feeling and of course spending time with big and small African wildlife is always amazing.
Chris & I recently had an opportunity to spend 4 days at Chitabe Ladiba Camp near Chiefs Island in The Okavango Delta, Botswana and 2 nights at Xigera Camp in Moremi, also in The Delta.
Dear Shark Lovers
I think we got a bit ahead of ourselves thinking that winter had forgotten to visit us in Cape Town this year… August has been hit with a bit of a vengeance reminding us all that The Cape of Storms definitely does live up to its name!
Dear Shark Lovers,
Wow, wow, wow …. That pretty much sums up the last few weeks’ activity at Seal Island, reminding us all once again what an incredibly unique and spectacular place this is. Most of our news this month is focused on the natural predation activity and also the return of more of our favourite and regular Seal Island sharks.
Has someone given the sharks caffeine?! The sharks have really been keeping us on our toes this week and I have noticed a distinct shift in both the sharks’ behaviours around the boat and also the predation activity at Seal Island recently. Something has changed as we approached the end of July and it has been fascinating to observe.
I couldn’t believe my ears as I heard my crew mate Owen whisper to the skipper in his quiet South African accent ‘See there. Humpback whales. Two of them’. I had always dreamed of seeing a humpback whale. That there might be one whale let alone two made my heart skip a beat as I scanned the horizon and located the mist from their blows in the distance. Was this really happening to me? The afternoon had already been perfect with the sun shining over False Bay, seals dashing across the ocean and a feeding Southern Right whale. This was going to be the icing on the proverbial cake if we could locate the humpback whales at close range.
‘The Birds! Suspense and shock beyond anything you have seen or imagined!’ – This is not just a tagline from the famous 1963 film ‘The Birds’ that was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. It is a phrase I hear at Seal Island on a daily basis as we repeatedly shout ‘The birds! The birds are mobile. Where are the birds going?’ I often smile to myself for just a moment as I recall this film and then come swiftly back to the present and the reason we are looking at the birds. To understand and track the predation events occurring at Seal Island as the sun rises overhead.
Dear Shark Lovers,
Greeting from an action packed June at Seal Island.
It seems as though the predation events are already kicking off and exciting news for the crew and repeat guests is the return of 2 well known Seal Island shark regulars. I will also be reporting back on The Sardine Run Expeditions from early June and I will be sharing another amazing Orca encounter we had at the end of May.