Divers Swim With Blue And Mako Sharks Off Cape Point, South Africa

NewsflarePublished: June 10, 201777 views
Published: June 10, 2017

Far off the coast of Cape Point in South Africa is where you find the heavily fished and rather threatened Blue and Mako sharks. The warm waters make for great conditions to dive with blue and mako sharks. Footage, filmed on June 8, shows both blue sharks and mako sharks circling a group of divers.

The Mako shark is from the same family as the Great white and is considered the fifth fastest fish in the sea. The Blue shark’s extraordinarily long fins makes them a "high target catch" for fishermen and longliners. This is to cater for the high demand of shark fin soup trade in Asia.

These sharks may look very intimidating, however are far from it when you see them underwater. The Blue shark’s extraordinarily long fins make them a preferred prey for fishermen, to cater for the high demand of the shark fin soup trade in Asia.

Divers from around the globe come to this location to meet these sharks eye to eye in very dangerous and wild conditions, far from the safety of dry land. One group made this amazing video while swimming with the amazing beasts.

While this is definitely not a trip for those looking for an easy, short day out, it makes for a fascinating day at sea if you’re prepared to endure the sometimes rough waters around Cape Point and a short boat journey to a remote location bordering the Southern Ocean. This exceptional experience is suitable for novice snorkelers through to experienced divers.

Cape Point’s sheer cliffs, coupled with the lighthouse and lack of human habitation provide a real sense of adventure and make for great photo opportunities. The blue sharks are often abundant and will come in numbers to the boat and stay for quite some time. Makos tend to be more elusive and make swifter passes of the bait. You can cage snorkel with the sharks and continue in rotation with the other guests for a number of hours, weather and sea conditions permitting.

In addition, you can check out oceanic birds such as albatross and petrels. You may also see a pod of dolphins, whales or different sharks such as great hammerheads during the journey back to shore.

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