Yesterday we did the Great White experience, with Shark Diving Unlimited.
Encouraged by a bucket of diluted offal, it didn’t take long for a 2.5m shark to be around the boat, and attacking a large tuna head being thrown around on the end of a rope. Even half grown the shark provided an impressive sight, and the first seven divers dropped to the bottom of the cage for as long as they could hold breath. From the deck there was a good view of the fish, while Ron, St.John and I waited our turn. We climbed into the chill water, and were shouted at to go down almost immediately. The viz was good, and we had a clear sighting of the fish, some 3m away. Came up, and waited for its return. The next sighting was better, the shark swimming alongside the cage, but my camera had steamed up in the very cold water!
Then out of the cage for the rotation of groups. I dried out the camera housing climbed onto the upper deck for a different view of the shark. Everyone got a second set of underwater sightings except our last group – the beast seemingly bored by our game, so no chance of better underwater video than the first wide pass.
1. We had seen a Great White in its natural habitat.
2. The operation was efficiently run, dry towels, soft drinks and sandwiches made available.
1. Little or no information on the sharks themselves as part of the briefing.
2. Too little time in the water – the crew obviously anxious to get back for the next batch of pax.
3. Cost excessive for the short experience (R1,350 each),
We were all left with a sense of disappointment.
We had chosen Mike Rutzen’s Shark Diving Unlimited, because we believed it to be the most conservation orientated of the numerous White Shark commercial experiences on offer. Nothing we saw gave indication of this – they are just another commercial operation.
Peter Jackson 28.12.10
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