Photos: Great white shark experience a great success

19 September 2012 | Ingrid Sinclair

8th International Aquarium Congress (IAC) delegates were treated to a proudly South African field trip on Friday 14 September. We were taken to Gansbaai, about 180km from Cape Town, for great white shark cage diving and whale watching with Marine Dynamics, a cage-diving operator with a strong conservation and education ethos.

A warm meal before setting off. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair A warm meal before setting off. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair
Marine biologist volunteers brief the delegates. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Marine biologist volunteers brief the delegates. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

Though it was an early morning call, 8th IAC delegates were as keen as they come to see a great white up close (very close). A little bit of cold weather and wind would not deter the group from boarding the powerful Slashfin to take to choppy waters at Gansbaai.

Stunning setting. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Stunning setting. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair
Super-powerful and suave <em>Slashfin</em>. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Super-powerful and suave Slashfin. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

Life-jackets and orange coats meant we were well protected from the elements.

Braving the elements, IAC-style. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Braving the elements, IAC-style. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair
A researcher talks about the day's proceedings. A researcher talks about the day's proceedings. "Please hold on!" Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

Marine Dynamics engages in broad shark conservation and research activities and they have a large group of knowledgeable and friendly marine biologists who share their facts with guests.

Joy. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Joy. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair
Kitting up! Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Kitting up! Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

While kitting scores of strangers out in wetsuits might sound like a logistical nightmare, the process went down without a hitch. Even getting changed on board was a (strong) breeze!

Seven at a time, please. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Seven at a time, please. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair
A great white says hello. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair A great white says hello. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

Marine Dynamics’ motto – “Discover and protect” – is in line with the 8th IAC’s own manifesto, as well as the outcomes of this wonderful congress, and they too believe that collaboration is the key to conservation success.

Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Photo by Ingrid Sinclair
Look at that face! Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Look at that face! Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

Groups of seven guests at a time lowered themselves into Marine Dynamics’ 4m-long cages, where light chumming, a penguin decoy made of cardboard and some bait were used to lure great white sharks to the boat.

Shark research is conducted on every trip.  Photo by Ingrid Sinclair Shark research is conducted on every trip. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

We were not disappointed. Large, beautiful – no, stunning – sharks approached Slashfin and the 8th IAC delegates, both in and out of the water, could not believe their eyes. A few loud expletives were good indications of the level of excitement and amazement felt by all who were privileged enough to share this experience.

Stunning South Africa left visitors mesmerized ... Stunning South Africa left visitors mesmerized ...

Will 8th IAC delegates return home impressed? We certainly think so. Thank you to Marine Dynamics for the excellent service, the warm soup, and the warm hospitality. Proudly South African! Proudly 8th IAC. 

... And happy. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair ... And happy. Photo by Ingrid Sinclair

Sharing experiences

These stunning images of a great white breaching close to the boat were kindly shared with us by Cédric Guignard of Ocean Projects.

Photo courtesy Cédric Guignard/Ocean Projects Photo courtesy Cédric Guignard/Ocean Projects
Photo courtesy Cédric Guignard/Ocean Projects Photo courtesy Cédric Guignard/Ocean Projects
Photo courtesy Cédric Guignard/Ocean Projects Photo courtesy Cédric Guignard/Ocean Projects
Photo courtesy Cédric Guignard/Ocean Projects Photo courtesy Cédric Guignard/Ocean Projects

Photo courtesy Cédric Guignard/Ocean Projects Photo courtesy Cédric Guignard/Ocean Projects

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