Cape Town, South Africa 🇿🇦
Yes. THE Great White Shark 😍Carcharodon carcharias
A large shark at 15-20 feet and over 2 tons. Lots of pointed, serrated teeth. Found worldwide, mostly in warmer waters but can also be found in cooler temps.
Also classified by the IUCN as Vulnerable. Many regions are still hunting them for parts and game fishing, unfortunately, but they also suffer from entanglement in fishing equipment and shark fences, prey depletion, and habitat degradation.
In May to June 2016, we were visiting South Africa for an IUCN Crocodilian Specialist Group meeting in Kruger National Park (photo above is me presenting a poster and talking to other scientists and crocodilian enthusiasts), and we couldn’t leave without a quick trip to Cape Town and a dip in the chilly waters with the White Sharks! I had been saying for years, that knowingly being in the same water as Great White Sharks was on my Adventure Bucket List, if it was the last thing I did on this planet, I had to make this happen. 🙌 I was NOT disappointed. 😆 Thank you, Apex Predators Expeditions! 🦈💙🦈💙🇿🇦
Firstly, I’m sorry if these photos look funny, because my sweet hubbie took them off the video the tour guides gave us. Or maybe these images are from the GoPro we had…either way, use that and get the video when you’re doing a perhaps once-in-a-lifetime experience like this!
Secondly, this was an excellent tour group. They picked up us before the sun rose, and delivered us to their main building. Provided a hearty hot breakfast and coffee. Brought sandwiches on the boat. Had yummy lasagna waiting for us when we got back! It was an all day event and I greatly appreciated the good, hearty food! (Because that water was really cold! ❄️ ❄️😅)
They used a few fish heads instead of chumming the water, as well as communicating with a limited number of vessels on the water that were there to see the White Sharks. The different shark diving operations are not only limited to spots, but only a few can be out on the water at a time, so as to not overwhelm and chase off the White Shark population.
But here we are! Check this off the Bucket List ✅ A super excited John and then a near hypothermic but super excited me, lol. 😬
They used an 8 person cage, attached to the side of the 30+ person boat (huge!) and provided us everything except the swim suits we were wearing. You can’t be naked, and you shouldn’t, because good grief! It was so freaking cold! But I was too excited to be concerned with freezing waters because I was about to be in the water with White Sharks, and know that they’re there. Haha, I may have already been in the water with White Sharks, and never knew it. 😳
There are my hands! 😅🙌 The sharks came so close, the caudal fin (the tail) hit my face! Where’s the photo for that? 🤷🏻♀️
And there it is, Shark diving hair don’t care! This was amazing!!! I’m hooked 🎣😂 I want to do this again!!!
Great White Sharks are so incredibly beautiful. We can’t afford to see them disappear!
Here’s the link for Apex Predator Expeditions: http://www.apexpredators.com/mobi
You’ve probably seen them on Shark Week because I knew I recognized the guy! Haha!
Thanks for stopping by again, and if you have something on your bucket list, don’t wait! Start planning, saving money, researching. Live life and make some memories. Plus, don’t forget to get all the photos and video you can so you can relive the experience and show off to your friends and family, lol, I mean inspire them to go exploring and on adventures.