Into the Deep, Diving with Blue and Mako Sharks
Posted on Monday, 28 September 2015
Any dive with sharks in the deep blue sea is an incredible adventure and an extremely spectacular experience that will never be forgotten. Our company offers cage diving with the remarkable Great White sharks at Seal Island, Cape Town as well as scuba diving with magnificent Blue and Mako sharks in the deep. If you are an adventure seeker, passionate about nature, and not afraid to try something new, then this trip is for you! The trip starts by meeting at the Apex Shark Expeditions office in Simon’s Town. From there it is approximately a two - three hour trip, 20 miles south of Cape Point to our destination.
While traveling, there is the possibility of seeing many species of pelagic birds including albatross such as the Black Browed, Yellow-Nosed, Wandering and Royal albatross and a variety of Shearwaters, Terns and Petrels. Other marine mammals that we see occasionally are the Humpback, Southern-Right, Pilot, Sperm and Brydes whales. Dolphins such as the Common, Bottlenose, Dusky and Risso’s dolphins are also seen.
An interesting fish that we see sometimes is a sun fish (Mola Mola). This sunfish is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. As an adult, it has an average weight of between 247kg and 1000kg. It resembles a fish head with a tail, and its main body is flattened laterally. Their diet largely consists of jelly fish, which they eat much of as jelly fish are nutritionally poor. The females are known to produce more eggs than any known vertebrate; up to 300 million have been recorded at a time from a sunfish. The skin of a sunfish contains more than 40 species of parasites which keeps the fish busy exploring many ways in which to get rid of them. This includes swimming into drifting kelp fields which contain fish that remove dead skin or parasites from its body. Even birds have been observed to help relieve the fish of its parasites.