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Sevengill Shark SCUBA diving

Join me as we enter a prehistoric world of the Sevengill shark…

Sevengill sharks are found in the shallow kelp forests of False Bay. These sharks are confident, not needing bait to draw them in, and come extremely close to divers of their own accord. These sharks can reach 3 m in length and, whilst not normally aggressive to divers, they are serious predators and feed on other sharks and carrion. This is a unique diving experience and the only of its kind in the world.

The day with us

We meet at 9:00 am at Miller’s Point slipway were you will be presented with a full dive briefing detailing the physical environment, marine environment and the animals you will be experiencing. The boat launch is very easy. We will then take a short boat ride (1 km) to the dive site where we will kit up and enter the water, we will be back at the slipway by 12:00 pm.

Dive specifics

Where : Millers Point slipway (34 14’ 01.20” S, 18 28’ 27.74”), False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

When is the best time to dive? All year, with aggregations (up to 60 sharks) from January – April

Dive type : Advanced freediving or SCUBA dive.

Experience required : Open Water 1 Certification for SCUBA diving

Depth : 8 – 12 m

Temperature : 12 – 16C

Dive time : 40 - 60 minutes.

What does the day include

  • A qualified dive guide
  • Water, Hot Choc and biscuits
  • Dive briefing
  • 1 dive cylinder and dive weights
  • A warm shower is provided after the dive

Cost: R500 per person. Additional cost for gear rental (Full kit = R350)

Frequently Asked Questions?

Is it safe to dive with Sevengill sharks?

These sharks are incredibly curious and will often find you before you see them. It is of utmost importance that you are aware of you surroundings at all time. These sharks do not like to be touched and will often turn quickly towards the responsible diver. With all sharks it is important that you maintain eye contact at all times, bearing in mind that there may be other sharks behind you. These sharks do come extremely close and may need to be gently directed away. These sharks are wonderful to encounter in the wild and make for unique photographic subjects.

Other interesting species to see?

Sharks

  • Spotted gully shark (Triakis megalopterus)
  • Puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii)
  • Brown catshark (Haploblepharus pictus)
  • Pyjama shark (Poroderma africanum)
  • Leopard catshark (Poroderma pantherium)

Endemic fish

  • Red roman (Chrysoblephus laticeps)
  • Red steenbras (Petrus rupestris)
  • Galjoen (Dichistius capensis, South Africa’s national fish)

 

Where to find us at Millers Point slipway


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