Old Shark Friends Return to Seal Island
Posted on Friday, 13 July 2012
One of the most surprising and rewarding aspects of working with Great White sharks is getting to know individual animals and their unique personalities and character.
The Great White shark is an extremely rare animal and this is clearly displayed when we see the same sharks returning to Seal Island each winter, year after year. With the estimated worldwide population suggested to be 2,500 to 3,000 animals it make the life of each shark very important.
Each year during our off season we spare a thought for the perils that the sharks face in our ocean today, and as you can imagine the relief and excitement when we see our regular sharks return back to Seal Island each winter is very real.
This past week we had two of our very favourite sharks sighted at Seal Island. Although they are both males around the same size, the two sharks could not be more different in character.
Cuz is now around 4 meters and not only is he a very good hunter he is also very interactive and relaxed around the boat.
We first saw him in 2003 when he was just under 3 meters in length. He was crazy around the boat, always looking at the bait and the decoy, and constantly putting his head out of the water. He is also very comfortable with the boat and has no problem coming very close. Everyone that see’s him loves him! His behaviour is very similar to that of the famous “Rasta”, an incredibly relaxed and lovable female shark who we thought could only be a vegetarian! Since he was so similiar in behaviour to Rasta, Cuz, seemed a very fitting name.
We often see him hunting and have recorded him making seeing 3 successful kills over a ten day period. He is very determined and does not give up very easily.
We have seen him twice up at our boat in the last 3 days and he was up to his usual tricks being very playful and fantastic for all to see!