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Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby Rooies » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:00 pm

A lot of people are of the opinion that sharks should be killed at every available opportunity, but spare a thought for these magnificent beasts. One tagged shark traveled all the way from South Africa to Australia and back again. Another one, a female, has just made a trip to Marion Island.

These are greater feats than the annual migration of the wildebeest in East Africa. Because we do not see them every day, we don't fully understand their role in nature.
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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:06 pm

Now you Talking Rooies, :clap: I think i have some pics of one of the tagged ladies. Let me look. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:27 pm

As Promised, not in SANParks, but at Dyer Island. :thumbs_up:

This was one of the sharks tracked in the project you were talking of, but I am not sure who. :wink:

You can see the tag on the fin in the last pic.

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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby Rooies » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:32 pm

Wow, this shark looks seriously de moer in.
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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:37 pm

She was having a tiff with another female, both were BIG ladie Rooies, I have some underwater video, but to load it just takes too much bandwidth with 3G. :thumbs_up:

In 6 Dives, 2 I was on deck and 4 taking video from outside we saw lots of sharks, and that only June. :thumbs_up: I will go through some of the pics as we go along. :wink: Got lotsa smaller males, can see the Clasps, and only the 2 big Girls.

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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:47 pm

I found Dory, not Nemo, you know the Friendly shark with the stupid Grin in the Nemo Movie.. 8)

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And then, Great Whites have been seen to Spy-hop, same as Killer whales etc, :thumbs_up:

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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby t-bal » Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:55 pm

Couldn't agree more, absolutely magnificent beast.

Last year I dived with great whites. Truly unforgettable experience. We saw 13 different sharks on 1 trip. We sailed from Gansbaai but we didn’t make the island, sea was to rough.

Did get some pics but not as good as you scipio. How did you manage to keep a steady hand on a boat that is rocking so bad? Great shots! :clap:
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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:02 pm

t-bal wrote: How did you manage to keep a steady hand on a boat that is rocking so bad? :clap:


Hansa t-bal, then you just rock with the boat. :lol:

But to be honest, you get used to the boat after doing 5 to 10 dives a month. :wink:

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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby t-bal » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:06 pm

Yeah they do say practise makes perfect :)
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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby JenB » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:08 pm

Whaaat? You get into that cold water? :shock:
I thought only the capies could do that! :lol:

Interesting stuff Rooies! :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Oct 16, 2012 1:14 pm

JenB, I recall having a chat with some family of your once long ago, :twisted: Hoooooooo, can I tel some stories. :lol: :lol: :lol:

But it is interesting fact that some people are giving the Shark Dive operators the blame for increase shark attacks on Humans in the area. They reckon that the boats and chumming and baiting is starting an association of humans and food in the sharks behaviour. :slap:

In my opinion it is very simple, there are more activities now, where humans enter the sharks' domain, and shark numbers are on the increase due to conservation efforts. :dance:

They are just beautiful beasts. 8)

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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby TheunsH » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:27 pm

Rooies wrote:One tagged shark traveled all the way from South Africa to Australia and back again.

Great thread Rooies! I saw a program about this shark on TV...very interesting! :thumbs_up:

Rooies wrote:These are greater feats than the annual migration of the wildebeest in East Africa. Because we do not see them every day, we don't fully understand their role in nature.

These shark migrations are truly amazing! :clap:

I have done many non-caged shark dives on the South Coast and had many wonderful sightings of Tiger-sharks, Bull-sharks (Zambezis), etc. I would like to do a non-caged Great White dive at Gansbaai one day!

Rooies wrote:A lot of people are of the opinion that sharks should be killed at every available opportunity

It is estimated that approximately 100 million sharks are killed annually. The sad news is that we, as a species, won't survive without sharks in our ocean...We will survive without rhinos, but not sharks! :?

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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby TheunsH » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:28 pm

Super photos Scipio! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby Scipio » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:31 pm

Halloooo Theunsie, welcome here, have not seen you in a long time,

The water is cold down there, :thumbs_up:

I just changed my thingy at the bottom :twisted:

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Re: Magnificent Great White Sharks

Unread postby TheunsH » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:35 pm

Hi Scipio, yes I had some problems logging in, but it's sorted now! :twisted:

Scipio wrote:I just changed my thingy at the bottom :twisted:


Wow, that cold hey! :big_eyes: :slap: :lol:


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