2020-11

Ragged Tooth Shark

13.11. 2020

We went diving on Protea Banks again today. We have a small group from Johannesburg.

Last dive was last Sunday when the vis was pretty bad. So naturally i was worried. Added problem was a strong NE’ly forecast. Actually it looked bleak for this weekend.

We decided to see what happens and met extra early at 6am to avoid the wind. But as soon as the sun woke up at 4h30, the wind also got out of bed.

The harbour was open when we arrived and we decided to take 2 cylinders each just in case.

Our first dive was on the Southern Pinnacle of Protea Banks.

We literally fell on top of a school of  about 50 dolphins .

The weekend was safe !!! Especially as we had amazing visibility 20m-25m and nice 1.5kn current.

Shortly afterwards we saw the first school of hammerheads, then the second and later the third. We estimate 300 – 500 hammerheads if not more.

This is the first decent hammerhead sighting this season. I am most happy about that !!!

We finished the dive with about 10 Guitar Sharks at the end of the reef. Magic

As we had two cylinders each there was no way we would go back to land without a second dive.

60% of our guys did not take too well to the motion of the ocean, but we had no mercy.

The wind freshend up quite a bit and the sea was rather rough. But the sun was shining, it was warm and not dangerous. Just uncomfortable…

Second dive was on the Northern Pinnacle of Protea Banks. What a question !!
Here the vis was even better.

In the First cave we found about 15 Raggies. We spent some time with them to photograph and cut off some fishing gut which was hanging out of one of the shark’s mouth including a lead sinker.

I can only imagine how irritating it must be to carry a weight around and not being able to shake it loose…

Glad i could help.

After the caves we carried on drifting , saw 2 Zambezis and another three schools with hammerheads. 

Just after 10am we were done with the second dive and headed back to shore as the sea was getting rougher and rougher.

Not a bad day at all considering it is Friday 13th !!!

Bottlenose Dolphin
Raggies
Kingfish
Protea Banks
Hammerhead Sharks
Protea Banks

12.11. 2020

South Africa is open again for everybody. The government has decided that everybody and anybody can travel to our country as long as the traveller has a negative Covid Test which is not older than 72 hours.

Fair enough !!!

No quarantine needed and this will remain in place. It makes sense. Why should a traveller who is healthy not be able to come here ?!!!

10.11. 2020 Lockdown Day 229 Level 1

So we went diving on Sunday.

We had no idea how many divers would pitch when we arrived at our shop at 6h30.

One car was already waiting there. So, great, we have at least two divers.

Then another guy arrived who was originally supposed to be two. But hey, it is Corona times and we have to be grateful for what we get.

Three then .

Just as we get ready to move to the harbour another diver arrives. It was the guy who was supposed to dive Sunday but we did’t hear from him anymore. 

Happy to see him !!!

I had loaded one cylinder each when one of the guys said, take two each.

I looked at him and smiled. Sure. In seconds i loaded another cylinder each. He told me, he will convince his wife once we are out there.
In the harbour was yet another diver waiting for us.

Man, that would have been five…

When i told him, we might do two dives if the one guy could convince his wife, he also wanted to warn his wife about coming home later.

I told him not to phone because it is always the same when guys ask their wives if they can dive or not !!!

It is better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission, serious !!!
Needless to say, he had to go home…

He is still young and has to learn a lot.

We then launched into a flat sea under a cloudless sky.

It was a perfect summer’s day.

We all burned our faces…

First dive was on the Southern Pinnacle of Protea Banks.

The vis was around 7m. Not good at all.

We saw 2 h

Hammerheads and one Zambezi.

I thought this was it for the day but Spike suggested we go to the Northern Pinnacle of Protea Banks and see what the water looks like there.

Indeed it was looking nice and blue.

So we decided to dive the Caves of Protea Banks.

It turned out, only the first five meters were clean, the rest was just as murky as on the first dive.

But the Caves is always a really nice dive no matter what vis we have there.

We had 15+ Raggies in the First Cave and loved it.

In the end all were happy. Spike earned his fee for two dives and i also had a couple of bucks left by the time i got home.

Martin and Holli - we miss you

7.11. 2020 Lockdown Day 226

Hi guys, so this is my new website. Hope you will all like it and all the tricks i can do with it.

It is a mountain of work to get it designed at first and then get all the texts of the last 11 years across. My job is now to load every single photograph i had on the old website. Just to give you a rough idea, to do one month in one language takes about 2-3 hours. Then i have to do the same in the other language…

How many months in 11 years ?   Yes, 132 months x 3 hours…..= call it 400 hours.

Martin just sent me a message from Florida where he and Holli moved to after they got out of South Africa in October.

There two kept us company from June to October by doing all dive courses from Open Water right through to Dive Master.

They did over 50 dives with us !!!

It kept us sane and connected with our beloved Protea Banks.

 

Martin dives well
Holli coming Home
Holli loves the Caves