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 Post subject: The marine big 5
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2005 10:01 pm 
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Great White Shark, Southern Right Whale, Humpback Whale, Elephant Seal and Whale Shark!

OK so far but get this! According to an article in Africa Geographic all 5 of them occur in the waters of the marine protected area of TMNP! :shock:

The first 3: sure, no problem.

Elephant seals: I linked them to South America and islands close to Antartica. Where would they come on land than?

Whale sharks: another big surprise for me! I thought they didn't go further south than the waters at Kwazulu-Natal.

Did any of you guys know about these facts or better have an encounter with these two species around the cape?

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Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 8:09 am 
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I have never seen or spoken to anyone who claims to have seen an Elepant seal in TMNP waters. I have been diving in them for more than 20 years and know or have met quite a lot of others who dive them frequently.
I am not so sure about the whale sharks, but they are certainly extremely rare if ever present.
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Peter


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