Trip Start Mar 08, 2007
Trip End Mar 23, 2007

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

Home of Great white shark diving! We were able to arrange the great white dive trip through our hotel and it worked out pretty well for us as it was fairly last minute. The drive out there took about three hours which is a little longer than they advertise, but you also have to account for picking up everybody at their respective hotel. The scenery on the way out to Hermanus and down to Gansbay was pretty nice, but I was definitely ready to get out of the van by the time we got there. A quick brief and we were off to the boat. There's a small island a few miles off shore where thousands of seals breed and that was where we set about waiting for the sharks. I guess there is a law as to how much they are allowed to chum the water, so the crew did so very juditiously and we waited and waited. The sea was very calm which was nice for those folks suffering a bit from sea sickness, but didn't lend itself to making the chum slick which attracts the sharks. Eventually a few sharks showed up and unfortunately, the sea still managed to get the best of a few people. Funny how it works out. So the crew put the cage in over the side of the boat and the first wave of people to go in got suited up in their wetsuits. That was pretty funny as half of the folks had them on inside out or backwards and were giving the crew fits! It wasn't a dive per say, but rather more of a put your head underwater when the shark swims by. But it was still pretty intense.Supposedly the shark can't differentiate between you and the cage, but I was watching each time as he circled around the cage. Everyone else in the cage was looking forwards the whole time and I don't think that they realized that after he swam out of sight he would appear a few seconds later next to the cage right behind them on each circuit around the cage. I was watching him closely, and he was deffinitely eyballing me back so I'm not sure that I buy into the theory that they just think you are part of the cage. I saw him licking his chops and I didn't even know that sharks had toungues!!!
They rotated everyone in and out of the cage so that everyone got a chance to see the sharks up close, then we had the opportunity to get back in if we wanted. I jumped back in even though everyone else was complaining about the cold. I didn't think it was that bad and I wanted to get my money's worth after coming all this way to see them. It was surely one of the highlights of the trip.
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