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.
Sand Tiger sharks or Ragged-tooth sharks - as they are called in South Africa - inhabit subtropical and temperate waters worldwide.
The Ragged-tooth shark or as it is fondly called 'Raggie', has unmistakable 'ragged' teeth giving these docile sharks a fearsome appearance. They are however a a slow moving shark with no confirmed human fatalities.
Ragged-tooth sharks in South Africa make an annual migration that cover more than 1,000 km. They give birth during the summer in the cold waters of Cape Town. After they pup, they swim to the warm waters of KwaZulu Natal, to sites where there are suitable rocks or caves, where they mate during the colder months from May to November.
They normally mate at night. After mating they swim further north to warmer waters where gestation takes place. In the autumn they return southwards to give birth in cooler water. This round trip may encompass as much as 3,000 km. The young sharks do not take part in this migration, but they are absent from the normal birth grounds during winter - it is thought that they move deeper into the ocean. Juveniles, however, return to their usual summer haunts and as they become mature they start larger migratory movements.
We are privileged to encounter large numbers (running in the hundreds) of Ragged-tooth sharks, in the 'caves' of the Northern Pinnacles on PROTEA BANKS from about May to November. It is very easy to get very close to these docile sharks and get fantastic photographs and videos!
PLEASE NOTE THAT SPECIFIC SHARK SPECIES CAN NEVER BE GUARANTEED ON A PARTICULAR DIVE, which is actually what makes PROTEA BANKS so unique. Each and every day is just so different!