I was young, I dreamed of encountering sharks underwater.
Over the years, I dived in verious locations, but the two most memorable locations are without doubt South Africa and Fiji.
southern most tip of Africa is a quiet tiny fishing village called
Gansbaai. In the last decade, this place has become known
It is here
that more than 30 years after I first heard about it in the epic classic
documentary, "Blue Water, White Death",
I was to meet
February 2001 and again in February 2002 I travelled to Gansbaai
to observe, photograph and dive with these magnificent sharks.
Dyer Island and Gyser Rock are about 9.5km out of Kleinbaai and it only takes the boat a few minutes to get there. Once anchored, the chumming starts. At first, all is quiet as we wait for the sharks to show up. Once the sharks show up, its action all the way. The waiting can be anything from 5 minutes to 5 hours or more. Each day was different.
The Statistics for both trips coincidentally shows similar data:
* In 2001 we made 7 boat trips and in 2002 we had 10.
* On both trips we had a total of 17 sharks.
* On both trips we positively identified 4 Males and 8 Females
* In 2001 sizes ranged from 2mtrs to a probable 5mtr.
* In 2002 Sharks ranged from 1.8mtrs to a probable 4.5mtr.
The above trips were sponsored by the Following People.
White Shark Diving Co.
also wish to thank
Chris & Monique Fallows of African Shark Eco-Charters.
Marc Manson at the Two Oceans Aquarium
for the unforgettable tank dive with the 5 Regged tooth Sharks.
Charles Maxwell of Underwater Video Services
for these 2 photos - because mine did not come out!!
2009, as part of the The International Year
Of The Shark campaign,
I was invited by the Fiji Shark Conservation & Awareness Project
and Beqa Adventure Divers to go to FIJI.
in 2004, the Shark Reef Marine Reserve
is located in
Beqa Lagoon on the south coast of Viti Levu.
is the only place in the World where one can possibly encounter
8 different species of sharks on a single dive! It is no surprise that
diving legends Ron & Valerie Taylor have named this place as
"The Best Shark Dive In The World."
For 3 weeks, I dived with, observed and photographed
Bulls, Greys, Blacktips, Whitetips and Nurse Sharks.
5 out of 8 is not bad.
was by far the BEST shark diving I ever done.
My Thanks to my sponsors:
I have already stated above, the chances of seeing
sharks alive underwater in Malta are close to impossible.
In a lifetime of diving around our islands, I never saw any,
except when I was involved in the making of a german documentary in 2006.
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