Natural predations witnessed while shark cage diving

On many of our shark cage diving trips, we get to witness the rare and phenomenal natural predation events that Seal Island, False Bay has to offer.

Predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in nature and one of the most fascinating interactions to observe, but predation is rarely observed in the wild. Seal Island, in False Bay, South Africa, provides unique opportunities to observe natural predation by Great White Sharks on Cape Fur Seals, and to observe social interactions among both species.

Breaching is one of the hunting techniques that great white sharks use to surprise and kill its prey. They  surface with such force and explosive energy that it propels the shark right out of the water. The great white shark will try and catch the young smaller inexperienced seals. Not every breach leads to a successful kill. If the great white shark misses the seal, then the chase is on. It is a game of cat and mouse of epic proportions as you are rooting for the seal, yet wanting to see a predation.

Our morning “Airjaws” trips focus on the natural predations, breaching, shark cage diving and surface viewing all in one trip. Once the natural predations have calmed down, we will anchor up at the notorious Seal Island to start the shark cage diving, which allows our guests to get up close and personal with the Great White Shark.

Even if you do not wish to participate in the shark cage diving itself, joining us on one of our shark cage diving and breaching trips to see this unique behaviour while in Cape Town, is definitely a “must do”.

 

Natural predation sequence

Natural predation sequence witnessed on our shark cage diving trips