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Shark Cage Diving – face to face with the Great Whites

Great White Shark Close Up

Shark Cage Diving – face to face with the Great Whites

I’ve been fascinated with Great White Sharks since I was a kid. I always wanted to see one in the flesh. In 2002 I got my wish. I travelled to Gansbaai from Cape Town so I could spend the day meeting the sharks from the safety of a Shark Cage at Seal Island just off the coast of Gansbaai. It’s a day I will never forget!


Trip date

September 2002


Here’s the boat I went out on and a rather flimsy cage (by today’s standards) attached to the back of the boat.

Shark boat

It looks just like a massive wire shopping basket. :-0

Who’s that cool dude?

JV boat

Off we go.

Boarding

No turning back now. That cage really does look like it wouldn’t take a bashing from an angry great white.

Cage

Shark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It was such a thrill seeing these magnificent creatures for the first time. Seeing a great whites dorsal fin break the water makes your hair stand up on end. I couldn’t wait to get down in the cage. I was the first one in and I also managed to go down again at the end of the day.

Shark2

Shark5

Shark3

Shark4

Shark6


Photo’s from inside the cage.

Even though they are a bit grainy I’m so glad I hired a camera to take down with me. Don’t forget there were no Go Pros or hi-res digital cameras in them days.

View from Shark cage

View from Shark Cage

Great White Shark Close Up

View from the Shark Cage

View from the Shark Cage

I managed to touch a shark as it swam right next to the cage. Its skin felt just like sandpaper. I even had a moment with a shark when it swam past and then all of a sudden whipped around and stared straight at me. That image is burnt into my brain. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture as it happened so quickly but it’s one of those unforgettable moments that travelling can reward you with,


Videos

These videos aren’t particularly great quality because they were taken on a handheld tape driven JVC video camera back before the days of smartphones. They have also been converted from AVI to MP4 and uploaded to YouTube so there’s a bit of quality loss but you’ll get the gist.






I need to go back to Gansbaai fully loaded with my new Nikon camera gear and a Go Pro camera. It’s on my bucket list to go and photograph the Great Whites breaching.

If you don’t know what that is then check this out:

 


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