Scuba diving with blue sharks in the open ocean is an experience I will never forget!
In Gansbaai I was offered to go scuba diving with blue and mako sharks with Marine Dynamics, on the boat Show Time.
The boat ride out to sea was around 2 hours and incredible wildlife was seen on the way out, including Southern Right Whales, Common dolphin and of course seals. A whole pod of dolphin feeding in the area swam right next to the boat leaping in and out of the waves on our way to the dive site!
We arrived at the dive site and got into our wetsuits while a chum drum was put in to the water to try and attract sharks by the scent. After about half an hour of waiting our first blue shark turned up, we went straight in to the water and watched the blue shark below us who occasionally came up to the surface where we waited until all the divers were ready.
We finally descended to 8m (the depth of the ocean here around 200m) and the blue shark swam away! But, to entertain us until the next blue shark appeared were two seals, who were very far away from home on Geyser Rock next to Dyer Island located very near to shore!
We waited around 40 minutes under water and by this time the 17 degrees Celsius water was started to chill all of us to the bone! However, another curious blue shark appeared! She was very inquisitive of us, and made contact with every single diver, weaving in and out of us, it was awesome! This meant that we all forgot about the freezing cold water!
It was an incredible experience andI would recommend it to anyone!
For more information on scuba diving with blue sharks and mako sharks visit: http://www.sharkwatchsa.com
“I find the lure of the unknown irresistible” – Sylvia Earle