At the return of our shark season in June, we welcomed some new faces, and were happy to welcome back some old favourites, but we did miss a number of our regular repeat visitors. I would love to tell you that they jumped and played, soaring through the air and doing all the things that have made False Bay famous for the “flying shark”, but this year, as mentioned before, was very different from previous years. Where we experienced breaching on almost every morning trip, and at least 2 or 3 predations, we were met with just a few breaches; two natural breaches on an afternoon trip though, one of which was literally about 5 or 6 meters from our boat, but very few on the whole. There were a couple pretty amazing predations, some sadder ones and some awesome escapes (guess you can tell, I’m Team Seal) but again, rather erratic, but at least the sharks were there and we were able to see them again!
June and July were pretty good months for trips, we managed to go out most days, taking both the morning and afternoon trips, and it looked like things were good, until in the first week in August, a summer wind blew through our bay. The day before the South Easter hit us, we went to sea and for the first time in two months, we had a missed trip, the Great Whites were nowhere to be seen! It’s almost as if they know what wind is coming before it blows through, and make themselves scarce. South Easter winds are not a Great White Sharks’ friend.
For three weeks, the weather and sea conditions did not play along, pushing the South Easter through our bay. We did not take to the seas every day, as did some of our colleagues, but we were kept abreast of the activity, and put plainly, there was none! When the sea conditions calmed enough for us to safely offer options to the folks booked with us, and we got to sea, we too had no Great White Shark activity, but then it happened; Sevengill Cow Shark! At Seal Island, taking our bait, hanging around the cage and just generally being a Cow Shark. There were four different Cow Sharks spotted, and we named two of them; Daisy and Clover!
We have good shark wind coming in and before we call an end to the season for this year, we are going to wait to see if the Northerly wind brings the sharks back, for another 2 to 3 weeks. We are certainly hoping for it.
Till we meet again, keep that toothy grin!
By Nadine Bentley