I have been chased out of the garden route waters a couple of times by great white warnings. Once a chopper descended down to the water level to chase the shark out from between some eager bathers.
Biggest one I have seen was @ Diaz beach, Mosselbay. It was clearly visible as a 5m great white as it broke through the surf in 2002.
Worst moment I had... also 2002. Sea sick to the point of wanting to dive overboard and swim back to the shore. No less then 5 sharks where circling our vessle. One being a 12 footer great white.
Was then told by the skipper, a neighbour of my dad's that he has seen great whites swimming past his 24 foot boat that measured just as long. Now that must be a sight that would require a quick wash of underwear in the mosselbay waters. 7m long fish...
BTW, just as a matter of interest... After the recent floods that had hit the garden route, my dad told me what nature can really do if she puts some back into it.
Stacks and stacks of wood and trees where washed out into the ocean and then spat out again... As tall as a double storeys it lay on the beaches. Together with tv's and lounge suits.
Latest Lifer(s): Sooty Falcon, Black Coucal, Short-tailed Pipit, Thick-billed Cuckoo, Stierling's Wren-Warbler (639)
Follow me as I bird on Twitter @wildtuinmanhttp://www.laine-dirk.co.za