Duration: Dependant on the dive site location
The Broad Nose Sevengill Cow Shark is one of the most prehistoric species of shark with evidence linking them back to over 150 million years ago. The shark gets its name as it has 2 more gill slits unlike its relatives who bare the standard 5 gills. Some of the larger sharks are known stay as deep as 150 meters and rarely come up to the shallows, but certain areas like here in Cape Town we have been lucky enough to find a group of these sharks who seem quite at home in a beautifully protected kelp forest along the Cape Peninsula Marine Reserve. Their slow relaxed movements make for unforgettable photo opportunities as the shark’s weave in and out of the waving branches of the kelp forest, and along with their inquisitive behaviour with the divers they make for an unforgettable underwater experience. The sharks are known as “the wolves of the sea” as they are one of the only shark species who hunt actively hunt as a pack, feeding on smaller bottom dwelling sharks, small rays and even seals, sometimes found in groups of 30+ sharks in the area.
The second dive will be with Cape Towns most playful mammals, the Cape Fur Seals. When they are not in the cool waters of the Atlantic, they are lazing on the protruding rocks, reefs and boulder beaches, soaking up the sun. While the majority of their time is spent in the water, they tend to stay close to land. They use the shelter of the Cape kelp forests to stay hidden from any predators lurking in the water. Almost three-quarters of its diet is made up of fish, while about 20% is squid and the remaining amount crabs and other crustaceans, and weighing in at up to 200kg’s these seals must upkeep a large diet. They are far more curious in the water than out and are known to play with divers up to 25 meters down, they are agile and speedy in the water making for an interesting dive.
Prerequisites & Minimum Age
A PADI Open Water Diver or Junior Open Water Diver certification (or qualifying certification from another organisation). Be in good physical health. Minimum of 10 years old.
Minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 divers
2x Dives. Full equipment rental including 2x air cylinder. MPA Diving Permit (Marine Protected Area) - valid for 1 month. 1-2 Certified dive guides.