Connect with us

Lifestyle

Witness The Hunter In Its Habitat With Shark Cage Diving

The perfect hunter

According to NationalGeographic.com, great white sharks are the largest predatory fish in the ocean – averaging 4.6 meters in length and 2,268 kilograms in weight.
They are the assassins of the sea, equipped with a powerful sense of smell that can detect a few drops of blood from 5 kilometers away, as well a sixth sense that enables then to zone in on the electromagnetic fields generated by living organisms.
They are built to hunt down and destroy, and once they have the prey in their sights, it’s not just the 300 razor sharp teeth that make them so deadly. Their torpedo-shaped bodies and powerful tails enable them to conduct devastating ramming attacks at 24 kilometers per hour. They can even gather enough momentum to launch themselves out of the water, seizing the hapless prey in their jaws and remaining suspended in the air for a few moments before crashing back down into the ocean.
Such maneuvers surely dispel any beliefs that the great white’s formidable size limits its mobility. Especially when you consider that their favored prey includes the famously agile seal, which, for all its slippery acrobatics, still struggles to elude the jaws of its attacker.
Air-bound sharks certainly make for an impressive sight, though distinctly unimpressive for the poor seal caught between the shark and the sky. The ocean is indeed a cruel and ruthless place, especially for anyone who isn’t a great white.

Meet it on its home ground

The creature is fearsome, but also awe-inspiring to behold, and shark cage diving presents the opportunity to do exactly that. It allows you to witness them in their natural habitat, bringing you close enough to even make eye contact, if you dare.
The diving cage is suspended just below the surface of the water, allowing for easy access to and from the boat. Some cage diving operations have a snorkel attached to the cage, while others provide passengers with scuba diving gear.
Some conservationists approve of shark cage diving, not only because of the opportunity it provides to observe and study shark behavior, but also because it promotes greater understanding and appreciation of an endangered species.

Gansbaai – shark cage diving capital of the world

Whitesharkcagediving.com provides some information on the popular cage shark diving hotspots, such as the Neptune islands near Australia, and Gansbaai (Bay of Geese) in the Western Cape of South Africa.
With the highest number of shark cage diving operators, and shark spotting trips available all year around, it’s clear why Gansbaai is considered the shark cage diving capital of the world. The small fishing town attracts some of the highest numbers of tourists to South Africa for a single activity.
The nearby Dyer Island is a breeding ground for African Penguins, while Geyser Island is a breeding ground for Cape Fur Seals. That makes the space in between the two islands a feasting ground for great white sharks, hence its nickname “Shark Alley”. Every year thousands of seals and penguins are drawn to these islands, where they spend their time fishing, frolicking and trading war stories about their near-death encounters with great whites.
The thriving marine ecosystem means it’s not just sharks that bring in the tourists. In fact, Gansbaai is only half an hour’s drive from Hermanus – a popular whale-watching location.

Respect the Ocean

The diving cages are made from 12mm galvanized steel and are built to resist both the power of the shark’s bite and the impact of its ramming attacks.
Cages have rarely been the target of aggressive behavior by the sharks though, as they are more interested in the frozen fish or fake seals used to draw them to the boat. On the few occasions where a great white has had its attention drawn to the cage, there have been no injuries.
That said, shark cage divers should still remember that they are observing a powerful creature in its natural habitat, and they should be respectful of that fact. Attempting to engage the shark in any way, such as by sticking your hand out the cage, is ill-advised, unless you’ve decided that you really don’t need the hand after all.

Featured images:

License: Creative Commons
image source
Although Matthew Flax cannot claim to have stared a Great White in the eyes without blinking, he can at least claim to have watched JAWS for a few seconds without blinking. And he can write about shark cage diving, an activity which is both braver and better for the eyes.

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Recent Posts

Business2 days ago

Why Is Quantity Surveying Essential in Construction Industry

Quantity surveying is an essential part of the Australian construction industry. It is the process of calculating and estimating the...

Home Improvement4 days ago

How to Maintain Upholstered Furniture

No matter if you have pets or kids, maintaining your upholstered furniture is quite a challenge. Even though vacuuming it...

Business1 week ago

How Do I Find a Good Bubble.io Developer?

Finding a good bubble developer to help build your app or digital product can seem challenging. How can you choose...

Home Improvement2 weeks ago

When is a right time for home repairs?

Summer is a popular time for a renovation around the globe. While it is true that bright days and warm...

Top Alteryx Competitors Top Alteryx Competitors
Tech3 weeks ago

Top 15 Alteryx Competitors

The world has seen a tremendous rise in startups and new incorporations in the business world. Companies have great potential...

Lifestyle1 month ago

Latest Wedding Trends for 2023

If you’re planning on getting married this year, chances are you’re probably overwhelmed and confused when it comes to wedding...

Lifestyle1 month ago

Tips To Make The Most Of Your City Break In London!

London is one of the best cities in the world, known for its quintessentially British culture, great nightlife, fantastic museums...

General1 month ago

The Ultimate Guide To Packing For A Trip To London

London is one of the best cities in the world, known for it’s rich history, quintessentially British culture, the best...

Tech2 months ago

Top 15 Web Development IDEs

The web development field has seen sustainable growth throughout the years. As technology is advancing, so is the web development...

devops devops
Tech2 months ago

12 Key DevOps Programming Languages to Still Popular in 2022

“DevOps is not a goal, but a never-ending process of continual improvement.” – Jez Humble Delivering the finest of services...

Entertainment2 months ago

Festival Fashion Style Tips For 2022

Summer is well and truly here and with that comes the festival season! From the biggest stars performing on stage...

Green & Energy2 months ago

4 Tips For Making Your Wardrobe More Sustainable

Everyone is trying to make more of an effort to make their wardrobe more sustainable, but often are unsure where...

General3 months ago

7 tips on how to organize a budget-friendly move

If you are planning a move any time soon, you might be worried about all the expenses that wait for...

Metal Roof Colors Metal Roof Colors
Home Improvement3 months ago

Metal Roof Colors: How to Select the Best Color for a New Roof

Choosing the right type of material for your roof is enough of a hassle already that the question of choosing...

Health3 months ago

Simple Ways To Feel More Confident At The Gym

If you are new to the gym, or you haven’t been in a while, sometimes you might not feel completely...

Categories

Archives

Trending