PROTEA BANKS ... TIGER SHARKS ... A GREAT DAY FOR BRADLEY AND KYM!!!
9 July 2015 | PROTEA BANKS
Sea Temp: 22 degrees Celsuis
Northern Pinnacle: As we dropped the viz was amazing and we knew it was going to be a great day on Protea Banks ... even if the wind had picked up and the sea was rough. As we got down we saw some Ragged-tooth sharks scattered on the bottom. We were then met by a couple of Potato Bass. Also saw some Oceanic Blacktip sharks and in the distance a TIGER SHARK. After this I lost my mind ...
(SOME HISTORY FIRST: Bradley James had been diving with me for 5 years on Protea Banks. He has seen the usual suspects, Zam's, Blacktips, Raggies etc. even a Blue shark ... but the elusive TIGER SHARK has always eluded him. The fact that he normally only comes to the coast in July did not help with his quest to see a TIGER SHARK as this is pretty much out of the season).
So ... where was I ... oh yes, I lost my mind due to the fact that now I had a TIGER SHARK and guess what ... Bradley didn't see it. So we continued the dive. I know we had several Zambezi (Bull) sharks and Oceanic Blacktip sharks ... but I was I my zone and only focused on one thing, showing Bradley a TIGER SHARK ... so while everyone else was looking at the other sharks ... I was chanting to myself TIGER SHARK, TIGER SHARK, TIGER SHARK!!!
So the dive continued and I had another sighting of a TIGER SHARK ... so excited I turned around and guess what Bradley did not see it. And then another sighting of a TIGER SHARK ... yes, you guessed it ... no Bradley.
AND THEN, there it was clear as day ... a TIGER SHARK. I was finning and pointing and finning and pointing and shouting and finning and and and ... AND I looked to my side and there was Bradley and HE HAD FINALLY SEEN A TIGER SHARK!!! One of the hightlights of my diving career ... I will never forget that moment Bradley!!!
On the safety stop the sound of Whales was so intense ... just Badley and Kym left in the water ... I was so sure we would see some ... but alas not today ... at least that leaves a reason for Bradley to keep coming back to Protea Banks.