THE SHARKS OF PROTEA BANKS

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Humpback Whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world's oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that Humpback Whales sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.

These whales are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Humpback Whales migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the Equator. Mothers and their young swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be gestures of affection. Females nurse their calves for almost a year, though it takes far longer than that for a Humpback Whale to reach full adulthood.

Every year hundreds of Humpback Whales migrate from the South Pole to the warm waters of KwaZulu Natal to mate.

Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)

Bottlenose Dolphins are the most well-known and common members of the family of ocean dolphins, Delphinidae. They are seen throughout the year in our waters.

Spotted Eagle Ray (Aetobatus narinari)

The Spotted Eagle Ray is from the eagle ray family, Myliobatidae. It can be found globally in tropical regions, at depths down to about 80 meters. The rays are most commonly seen alone, but occasionally swim in groups.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)

The Loggerhead Sea Turtle is an oceanic turtle distributed throughout the world. It is a marine reptile, belonging to the family Cheloniidae.

Potato Bass (Epinephelus tukula)

The Potato Cod/Bass has been fished out of most locations, however, it can still be found in mostly tropical waters. The fish is found mainly in the Pacific and Indian oceans. They prefer to stay in reef areas; however, as juveniles, the fish abide in reef tide pools.

Round Ribbontail Ray (Taeniura melanospilos)

The Round Ribbontail Ray or Giant Reef Ray is a species of stingray in the family Dasyatidae, found throughout the near shore waters of the tropical Indo-Pacific, as well as off islands in the eastern Pacific. It is a bottom-dwelling inhabitant of lagoons, estuaries, and reefs, generally at a depth of 20–60 m.

Diving with 100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ... need I say more?

The Hammerhead shark is unmistakable because of its shape, which is the very reason for its popular name, although it is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between the different species. The Greater Hammerhead shark and Scalloped Hammerhead sharks are mostly encountered on PROTEA BANKS.

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RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS congregate on PROTEA BANKS to mate!

The Ragged-tooth shark, Carcharias taurus, has a sharp, pointy head with a bulky body. The colour is grey with reddish-brown spots on their backs and they can reach a length of about 3m.

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The GIANT SANDSHARK is part of the RAY family ...

The Giant Sandshark is part of the family of Rays. This Sandshark is known for its elongated body with a flattened head and trunk, with small ray like 'wings'. Their shape is due to the fact that they are bottom dwelling fish usually living on the sand.

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Diving with a TIGER SHARK ... UNFORGETTABLE!!!

Galeocerdo cuvier, the Tiger shark, is a relatively large shark with some specimens capable of attaining a length of over 5m. The popular name 'Tiger' comes from the dark stripes on the body which resembles a Tiger's pattern - these stripes tend to fade with maturity. It is a solitary species and is most commonly seen cruising slowly. Tiger sharks can cover great distances in search of food.

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  • Tiger Shark

    Tiger Shark

    Diving with a TIGER SHARK ... UNFORGETTABLE!!!

    Galeocerdo cuvier, the Tiger shark, is a relatively large shark with some specimens capable of attaining a length of over 5m. The popular name 'Tiger' comes from the dark stripes on the body which resembles a Tiger's pattern - these stripes tend to fade with maturity. It is a solitary species and is most commonly seen cruising slowly. Tiger sharks can cover great distances in search of food.

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  • Bull (Zambezi) Shark

    Bull (Zambezi) Shark

    The Bull shark ... the resident shark of PROTEA BANKS! 

    Carcharhinus leucas, the Bull shark, is also known as the Zambezi shark in Africa. The Bull shark, has a robust shape with a broad and flat snout. The females are larger than the males. The maximum size of a Bull shark is about 3.5m. 

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  • Oceanic Blacktip Shark

    Oceanic Blacktip Shark

    Cheeky ... darting in and out of dives on PROTEA BANKS!!

    Carcharhinus limbatus, the Oceanic Blacktip shark, is a common shark that can be found in temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide. The Oceanic Blacktip shark has a stout streamlined body with a fusiform shape and a long pointed snout, with relatively small eyes. The gill slits are long and there is no ridge between the dorsal fins. The distinguishing feature of this species is that they can have black tips or edges on their pectoral, dorsal, pelvic or caudal fins. An Oceanic Blacktip shark around 2m in size, is a

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  • Hammerhead Sharks

    Hammerhead Sharks

    Diving with 100's to 1000's of HAMMERHEAD SHARKS ... need I say more?

    The Hammerhead shark is unmistakable because of its shape, which is the very reason for its popular name, although it is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between the different species. The Greater Hammerhead shark and Scalloped Hammerhead sharks are mostly encountered on PROTEA BANKS.

    Read More
  • Ragged-tooth Shark

    Ragged-tooth Shark

    RAGGED-TOOTH SHARKS congregate on PROTEA BANKS to mate!

    The Ragged-tooth shark, Carcharias taurus, has a sharp, pointy head with a bulky body. The colour is grey with reddish-brown spots on their backs and they can reach a length of about 3m.

    Read More
  • Giant Sandshark

    Giant Sandshark

    The GIANT SANDSHARK is part of the RAY family ...

    The Giant Sandshark is part of the family of Rays. This Sandshark is known for its elongated body with a flattened head and trunk, with small ray like 'wings'. Their shape is due to the fact that they are bottom dwelling fish usually living on the sand.

    Read More
  • Whales, Dolphins & More

    Whales, Dolphins & More

    Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

    Humpback Whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the world's oceans. These sequences of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are quite complex and often continue for hours on end. Scientists are studying these sounds to decipher their meaning. It is most likely that Humpback Whales sing to communicate with others and to attract potential mates.

    These whales are found near coastlines, feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. Humpback Whales migrate annually from summer feeding grounds near the poles to warmer winter breeding waters closer to the

    Read More

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