Sevengilled Cow Shark Diving Trip – Simon’s Town
WE ARE NOW SHARK CAGE DIVING WITH THE SEVENGILLED COW SHARKS.
NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY FOR SHARK DIVING WITH THE COW SHARKS AT SEAL ISLAND, FALSE BAY
These rarely seen sharks are extremely special. There is nowhere else in the world where they can be so easily accessed as in False Bay. They are found in between the shallow kelp forests in Marine Protected reef areas and now seen at Seal Island in False Bay.
As the average depth of the kelp forests are around 12 metre’s and shark diving with Cow Sharks is easy and fun. Divers can go and enjoy the reef life, see four different species of Cat Shark, and even spotted Gully Sharks.
Close encounters are common. Cow Sharks will readily approach divers to get a closer look which means they swim right up to you and only turn at the very last minute. The size range seen by divers is between 1 – 3 meters.
The Sevengilled Cowsharks are very curious and confident sharks. During certain times of the year we find them at Seal Island, False Bay.
In the Kelp area’s of the bay we see them swimming slowly through the kelp or over the sandy channels between the kelp. They are social sharks and are often found in groups of 10 – 20.
In the kelp forests, it is quite common to see Spotted Gully sharks in the water at the same time – they have a large dorsal fin and completely different swimming pattern to the Cowsharks, so one can’t confuse the two species. The Gully’s are more “frisky” in comparison to the more lazy Cowshark style of movement.
The Seven Gill Cowshark, or Spotted Cowshark, are formidable predators of seals, fish and other sharks, and are known as “wolves of the sea”, because of their extraordinary co-operative hunting behaviour. Cow sharks are considered the most primitive of all the sharks, because their skeletons resemble those of ancient extinct forms, with few modern adaptations
We have been fortunate enough to see regularly enough at one location to be able to confidently guide dives there with an 85% chance of success.
Get up close with Cow Sharks . And we offer scuba dives to view these rare Cow Sharks! Book with us in False Bay!
06h30 Sharp on the Simon’s Town Pier.
From designated pick-up points in and around Cape Town – special transfers can also be arranged.
Around 4.30 Hours at sea.
Small groups – maximum 18 plus crew
5 to 6 divers – No experience necessary – 20 minutes’ cage time
Snacks, muffins and sandwiches, enthusiastic and experienced crew, all dive gear and tea / coffee from Saveur Restaurant & 25% off lunch
Cow Shark Diving Trip – Simon’s Town
We take a maximum of 15 people.
Dive briefing and full shark presentation.
Dive gear all included.
Cow Shark Diving Trip Itinerary
Itinerary will differ cage diving at Seal Island vs kelp diving with scuba.
Tips for safely diving with Sevengill Cowsharks
These sharks do not like to be touched in any way whatsoever, whether it’s intentional or accidental. The best way to safely dive with these sharks is to always be aware of your position in the water and where you are kicking. Being in complete control of your buoyancy will help you achieve this. Make sure that you keep eye contact with any sharks that are approaching you. Make sure that you do not corner the shark or make it feel boxed in where it may react by biting because it feels threatened.