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The 5 Biggest Sharks You Might See When Diving In South Africa

When planning your diving expedition to South Africa, you are without a doubt hoping to see sharks. And if you don’t have this hope, you most certainly should. South Africa is a top diving destination and it’s become such a destination because of the multitudes of different sharks you might catch a glimpse of.

There are some sharks that you can swim with freely, without a worry about being attacked, while other sharks are best viewed from the safety of a cage. We still have a lot to learn about these creatures of the deep, and already this marine species is under threat from various outside “predators” such as fishermen after shark fins.

When diving in South Africa, you are likely to see all types of sharks, but shark sightings are never a guarantee because sharks are definitely not restricted to the area or our itineraries. The best way to make sure that you get the most out of your dive is to book the right diving package, at the right time of the year. The biggest benefit of booking your dive through our company is that you can plan your dive to suit your requirements. You can add extra days to your dive in order to ensure that you get the most out of your stay.

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The 5 Biggest Sharks

Some of these sharks you could possibly see off the coast of South Africa, while other sharks are not common in our waters. Those diving in South Africa can dive with tiger sharks, raggie tooth sharks, and hammerheads, while you will also have the option of going shark cage diving in Gansbaai and other locations close to Cape Town.

The Bronze Whaler

This is one of the big sharks that you will not see in South African waters, instead, it is native to the east coast of Australia. These creatures have a bit of a reputation for being rather aggressive and there have been quite a few reports of fatal, unprovoked attacks. These sharks prefer living in shallow bays and harbours, often in the same place where people would go swimming. These sharks can grow to sizes of up to three meters and can weigh as much as 300kgs.

The Bull Shark

The Bull Shark is quite territorial and they are known to chase other sharks and fish out of their space. Also known as Zambezi Sharks, these creatures can grow to a length of 3.5 meters and can weigh up to 318kgs. They have quite a menacing build, and their rows of serrated teeth are enough to make most divers weary. These sharks are unique in that they can live in fresh water as well as salt water, and they are known to swim upriver. You can dive with Bull sharks in South Africa.

Oceanic Whitetip

This is the dangerous one. In total, this species has killed more sharks than the others put together. Sharks are wild creatures, and as such they are opportunistic. No shark is a dedicated man-eater, most simply see an opportunity and once they have taken a bite they release. These sharks are rather slow swimmers, but they can be exceptionally persistent when they see something they want, which often leads to a feeding frenzy type situation.  Their habitats span across the equatorial regions, so you won’t have to worry about this fella when diving in South Africa.

The Blue Shark

The Blue Shark is a species you will commonly see in South Africa’s waters. They can be shy, and don’t tend to come close to divers. Unlike the other sharks, the Blue Shark is not considered a danger.

The Great White Shark

The awe-inspiring size and menacing look of the Great White Shark is enough to inspire nightmares for anyone with a shark-related fear. Great White Sharks are best seen from the safety of a cage, which makes shark cage diving in South Africa popular among both professional divers and amateurs. They can grow to lengths of 6.5 meters and can weigh up to 3.5 tons. Although they have been known to attack people, they have no desire to include humans in their diets!

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