Cow Shark Diving Trip – Simon’sTown
These rarely seen sharks are extremely special. There is no were else in the world where they can be so easily accessed as in False Bay. They are found in between the shallow kelp forests in Marine Protected reef areas. As the average depth i s only 12 metres, shark diving with Cow Sharks is easy and fun. Divers can go and enjoy the reef life, see four different species of Cat Shark, and even spotted Gully Sharks.
Close encounters are common. Cow Sharks will readily approach divers to get a closer look which means they swim right up to you and only turn at the very last minute. The size range seen by divers is between 1 – 3 meters. Because of their natural curiosity and confidence we don’t use any form of chum or bait to interact with them.
The Sevengill Cowsharks are very curious and confident sharks. They swim slowly through the kelp or over the sandy channels between the kelp. They are social sharks and are often found in groups of 10 – 20.
It is quite common to see Spotted Gully sharks in the water at the same time – they have a large dorsal fin and completely different swimming pattern to the Cowsharks, so one can’t confuse the two species. The Gully’s are more “frisky” in comparison to the more lazy Cowshark style of movement.
The Seven Gill Cowshark, or Spotted Cowshark, are formidable predators of seals, fish and other sharks, and are known as “wolves of the sea”, because of their extraordinary co-operative hunting behaviour. Cow sharks are considered the most primitive of all the sharks, because their skeletons resemble those of ancient extinct forms, with few modern adaptations
We have been fortunate enough to see regularly enough at one location to be able to confidently guide dives there with an 85% chance of success.
Tips for safely diving with Sevengill Cowsharks
These sharks do not like to be touched in any way whatsoever, whether it’s intentional or accidental. The best way to safely dive with these sharks is to always be aware of your position in the water and where you are kicking. Being in complete control of your buoyancy will help you achieve this. Make sure that you keep eye contact with any sharks that are approaching you. Make sure that you do not corner the shark or make it feel boxed in where it may react by biting because it feels threatened.
How much will cow shark diving cost?
We take a maximum of 6 people (unless in a group) to reduce the impact on the sharks and enhance your personal experience.
- Two guided scuba dives
- Snacks & cool drinks on boat
- Dive briefing and full shark presentation
- Dive gear can be hired at an extra cost